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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 28 degrees in Townsend.  Hey, we’re going to have a pretty day.  I can see blue in the sky.  The National Weather Service forecast indicates the same thing.  Finally, we will emerge from this overcast gloom.  Tomorrow looks pretty good too.  It’s not going to be very warm, 40 today and 49 tomorrow or thereabouts.  We’ll take it.

Little River is still flowing good.  There is plenty of water in the Smokies streams.  Right now Little River is flowing at 401 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 278 cfs.  The water temperature is a chilly 40.3 degrees.

That water temperature number is going to keep the fishing on the slow side.  It is bitter cold in the high elevations where these streams are born.  It is going to be even colder tonight. 

Heck, I would go anyway, just to get out of the house.  If you do, rig up a nymph or two, pinch on some weight and dredge the bottom.  You may see a hungry brown.  They are still feeding.  You will need to sneak up on them and make a good cast.  If they see you the game is over.  The smaller fish including the rainbows will be mostly inactive due to the water temperature.  You should get those nymphs right in front of their noses.  They might eat.

We will be open today and tomorrow from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We will be closed New Years Day. 

Next Saturday, Jack Gregory and Roger Lowe will be tying at the shop between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm. These Winter tying events are free.  Just show up.  To let everyone know, I’m sending out a e-mail newsletter to thousands of people on Wednesday.  I spent most of the day, yesterday, designing it.  If you want to receive our e-mails, just type in your name in the box at the bottom of this page and hit “GO”.

On the next Saturday, the 12th, Walter Babb and Josh Pfeiffer will be tying. It’s free. They are all free.  And they are all held at the same time each Saturday, 10 am til 2 pm.

Designing a e-mail newsletter is just like designing a web page.  I use html code, load it and the photographs on our server and wait to send it out.  Sending out thousands of e-mails from our server is in violation of our web hosting agreement.  This job take lots of bandwidth and ties up a server’s other duties causing a temporary crash.  So, we have to use another service provider, one that is in the business of sending out e-mails.

We use Constant Contact.  The company is headquartered in Boston.  The CEO is a lady, a very smart lady.  This is a publicly owned company.  They are very nice people.  I haven’t talked to them in a while but if I need them, they are there.  Their monthly charge shows up on my credit card. 

Constant Contact stores our e-mail list on their server.  We don’t even have it. When you sign up below, your e-mail address is sent to their server.  When we want to send out a e-mail, we copy our html code and the photos onto their server, set up the event and hit the go button.  We can schedule the mailing to go out at any time.

Constant Contact has lobbied and fought for eliminating illegal spam.  They operate an opt in/opt out system.  To get an e-mail through their service requires a opt in by you or by someone on your behalf. They evidently have some super secure servers up there.  Securing your e-mail address is “job one” for them.

I never thought I would have to learn about stuff like this to run a fly shop.  I also never thought about designing websites until 10 years ago.  Things are changing.

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

Byron Begley
December 30, 2012

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