Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was foggy and 24 degrees in Townsend when I drove to work this morning.  Believe it or not, I saw only one vehicle on my commute.  It was a black pickup.  Nobody was out on the streets or roads.  This is the first time I have only seen one other vehicle.  Little River looks good.  The water is clear and the temperature was 42 degrees at 7:45 am.  The view of Great Smoky Mountains National Park was completely blocked by the fog from my office. 

I turned on my computer to start gathering information for the fishing report.  I could not get on the internet.  I re-booted our server and nothing changed.  I booted up our cash registers and they worked fine.  I tested the phones.  No problem.  Still no internet.

We have a full T-1 line providing all of our digital service.  The company we use is Windstream.  So I called their service department in Greenville, South Carolina.  We were still working on the problem when Daniel and Chuck came in to open the store.  We determined that our firewall device was not working.  I finally came home to do this report and work on our website today.  What a morning this has been. 

Fishing will be slow this morning in the Smokies.  The water is cold.  The browns are hungry and eating.  But just normal fly fishing for trout will be sluggish until the water warms.  You should be able to catch a fish or two by using nymphs fished weighted and deep.  You may not catch a lot but you might hook into a bruiser.  It is going to be a pretty day and down here in the valley the high will be near 50 degrees.  Bundle up and have some extra clothes in you truck in case you fall in.

Flow is still pretty strong.  Right now Little River is churning at a rate of  495 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 228 cfs.

I hope this works!

OK, it worked. I've never done this from home. I had to load the website to a remote hard drive and copy it to my computer here. I'll tell you what, this make me want a new computer at work. I have a five year old iMac with a 24" monitor there. It has 2 gig of ram. This computer at home is much newer, faster and has 6 gig of ram. There is no comparison. I had no idea how fast this one is or how slow my Mac at work is. This Mac also has a 27 inch monitor. I like that better too.

My big project now is updating all of the pages in our online catalog. I have been working on Fishpond full time for about a week. I can do that easily from here too. That is all done online.

Daniel got one computer hooked up to the internet but the internet part of the network will be down until we get our hardware guy in tomorrow. Daniel just called to let me know. So at least he can download the online orders. That is very important, especially this time of year.

It is nice to be home today, now that the crisis is resolved. I've been at the shop every day for 10 days straight.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 11, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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