Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  This is a new endeavor.  I am writing this report at home before getting ready for work.  Our internet connection is not working at the shop.  I’m sure our IT people will get it going today.   

I can’t see Great Smoky Mountains National Park yet.  It is still dark outside. The normal view from our house is the mountains surrounding Cades Cove on the west side of the valley.  The temperature is 36 degrees outside.  That is over 10 degrees warmer than it was yesterday morning.  I was not able to take the water temperature today but I know from experience, it is about 40 to 42 degrees.  Flow is 435 cubic feet per second in Little River.  Median flow for this date is 272 cfs.

We now have a warming trend in the forecast.  That will improve the fishing conditions. High temperatures after today will be in the 60’s for a few days.  Lows will be in the 40’s after tonight.  The streams in the Park will warm up as well.  It is going to be cloudy most of the week.  That will improve the trout fishing too.  And on Thursday, rain will move into our area and linger through Friday.  That will be good too.

You could see some blue wing olives hatching this week.  They like this kind of weather.  Warmer water will increase the chance for dry fly action in the Smokies.  Be ready for that.  Nymphs will work.  I would get them down on the bottom right in front of the trout’s nose.  Post-spawn brown trout are feeding well.  They always do this time of year.  They will be more likely to take nymphs or streamers than dry flies.

You won’t see many other anglers on the streams.  Most people don’t realize how good the fishing can be in December.  Others, especially those who live near here know this can be the best time of year to fish, especially for larger trout.  You will see some of them on the streams this week. 

Have you noticed that websites are getting wider again?  I remember when our site was 600 pixels wide.  I performed an overhaul three years ago and designed the pages 800 pixels wide.  Now, the websites I’m looking at are over 900 pixels wide.  So, since I am overhauling our site again, I guess it is time to add some more width. 

Monitors are wider today than they were 5 years ago.  Browsers allow you to zoom out or in.  When you zoom in a narrow site they become blurry.  When your site is narrow it looks outdated and underwhelming.  So, we are probably going to go to 900 to 960 pixels wide. 

Monitors are also getting smaller.  I suspect we will need to design pages for smaller devices such as smart phones and pads too.  I’m not sure how that works.  I will find out.

The fly shop business gets more complicated every year.  Staying on top of the technology is not the hard part.  Getting the job done is.  I just spent about 80 hours working on Fishpond.  Fishpond required a lot of special work this year.  Now I’m ready to move on to another brand.  By Spring, it will all be done.  Or will it?  It never ends.

We’ll be here for you today at the shop.  Order will be shipping.  A few customers will be visiting.

It is daylight, just barely.  I can see the mountains.  These slopes still have snow on the ground.  It is a pretty sight. 

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

Byron Begley
December 12, 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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