Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was raining and 52 degrees when I left home this morning at 7:50 am.  I drove my 5-minute commute, got to Townsend and the sky was blue with fluffy clouds scattered.  To the East and to the South, there are dark clouds overhead.  It’s a strange morning.  We will probably get more rain today and light snow tonight.  It will be windy today.  Cold air is moving in. We’ll see lows in the high 20’s at night for a couple of days.

Little River is flowing strong and the water is turbid in town.  I saw a guy at the swinging bridge with a personal watercraft in the bed of his pickup truck.  I don’t know if he was going or pulling out.  He was holding a spinning rod in one hand and a 5 gallon bucket in the other.

Flow in Little River right now is 909 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 291 cfs.  The water temperature is 48 degrees.  We had .70 inches of rain in our gauge.  Since I didn’t check it yesterday, that was a 48 hour accumulation.

If you go fishing today, be careful wading.  The water is high and swift.  You might find some clear streams in the Park.  I would tie on some big nymphs, stand close to shore and do some high-sticking.  Put some weight on the nymphs and get them down.  The water temperature is not bad for trout fishing.  It is on the cool side.  Today, you might catch a Smokies trout of a lifetime.  I’m sure some of my friends who are off today will be fishing for brown trout.  It’s that kind of day.

After some final editing, the tutorial I’m writing to tie a Knuckle head will be finished.  It is already online.  You can see the photographs and what I wrote by CLICKING HERE

What you are seeing now is the new website design.  You may notice, the page is wider, 900 pixels.  The old pages are 800 pixels wide.  Another notable difference is the menu.  It is a drop-down menu like the old one, but the buttons are larger.  They are much easier to push on a smaller device like an iPad.  There is plenty of space between the links on the drop down windows. It will be hard to hit the wrong one.

My goal this winter is to re-design each main page on this website using this new format.  I am also designing new pages.  One landing page is called “Fly Tying Articles”.  You can find it under the “Fishing Info” main menu category.  There I will have plenty of fly tying tutorials.  Steve Yates and I have written several of them.  All I have to do is re-structure the architecture of the page and copy in the text.  There will probably be a hundred or so photographs that will need to be re-sized.  I’m working on the popper tutorial now.  I’ll add some others like the Puglisi Threadfin shad, one of my favorite flies.  I have many Steve Yates articles that can be re-designed and added as links to this new page.

Using a voice recorder and our macro photograph studio, I can write new fly tying tutorials by guest tyers.  For instance, I want to have Kent Edmonds tie the Stealth Bomber the next time he is here.  This process of getting the raw photos and text will just take a few minutes.  They can leave, then I’ll do the work using their verbal description of the steps.  There are many other fly tyers who could contribute and it would not take a lot of their time to do it.  As they describe the steps via audio recording, I can ask questions to clarify their intent, then write what I think they are describing.  They can see the tutorial online, then contact me with changes in the text.  We could probably do this whole process in 4 or 5 hours for each pattern. 

I probably have 25 or 30 tutorials that can be added immediately.  All I need is a few hours for each.

You will also see some new menu items, Flies for the Smokies, for instance.  If you push some of these menu items you will go to the home page.  I don’t have landing pages set up for all of them, not yet.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
December 26, 2012

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