Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and cold in Townsend, Tennessee.  I can see most of the peaks normally viewed from here in Great Smoky Mountains National Park but that may end soon when the precipitation moves in.  There was almost no traffic on the roads this morning.  Little River looked much better today.  The water is clearer than it was yesterday.  The level has dropped a few inches. 

Flow in Little River is currently 479 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 243 cfs.  The water temperature now is 40 degrees, just like yesterday. 

Fishing was good for my buddy Ron yesterday.  He caught an 18” brown along with another 16 incher.  He showed me a photo of the larger one.  Another customer fished the spring creek section of Abrams Creek.  He didn’t catch anything.  That is tough fishing up there.  The water is warmer than most streams in the Park due to the groundwater coming to the surface. He told me the water was fairly muddy there yesterday.  Nymphs and streamers are working best in the streams around here.

This is going to be a good day at the shop.  Zach Matthews will be here from Atlanta.  I’ve known Zach a long time.  He is a good friend.  He is so talented it amazes me.  First, he is an excellent angler.  Second, he writes very well.  He has been published in many of the top fly fishing magazines.  He is an accomplished photographer.  You see a lot of his work on our website.  His computer/internet knowledge goes far beyond mine.  He is a young attorney and he has more energy than anyone I know.

Zach will start today with a spey casting seminar.  Next he will give a talk on fly fishing photography.  I’m working on the website so I might miss those.  But last he will show how to make a spoon fly using silly putty as a mold. I’ll be there for that one.

He will begin at 10:00 am and finish at 2:00 pm.  It’s free, just come on by.  It will be an experience for sure.

Sometime yesterday this Fishing Report was opened the 200,000th time this calendar year.  If you open the report twice or more in one day you are only counted once.  Some people read it often.  They are counted each day they open the report.  I think that’s kind of amazing.  We have had almost 2 million visitors to the website this year.  We will pass that milestone in a few days. 

I designed a quick “Shop News” e-mail yesterday.  We sent it out to almost 4,000 people.  I probably spent a couple of hours designing it and Daniel spent a few minutes sending it out.  I have not learned how to do that yet and probably won’t.  I wanted to remind you that Zach would be here today and that we sell Gift Cards.

This whole internet machine is almost unbelievable to me.  You can type some words, pull in a couple of images and thousands of people see what you have to say.  I would never have thought this could happen ten years ago, heck even 5 years ago. 

I’ve started re-designing our website.  Right now the online catalog is getting high priority.  This will take all winter.  It looks like we are going to have a real winter again. I guess it’s about time we got into a cooling period here.  All summer I said I couldn’t wait until winter.  Now, I can’t wait until spring. 

Have a great day and if you can come on by and see us.  I can hear Zach downstairs.  He just got here.  I’ve been talking to Zach.  We could do that for hours.  I forgot to tell you he loves hunting and that was our subject.

Byron Begley
December 18, 2010    

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Our fly tying classes will be held in January and February.  To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly tying class schedule follows:

Saturday January 8 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday January 15 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday January 22 – Advanced Fly Tying
Saturday February 5 – Beginner Fly Tying
Saturday February 19 – Intermediate Fly Tying
Saturday February 26 – Advanced Fly Tying

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