Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 18, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  The fog is thick and the temperature is a warm 41 degrees.  Little River looks great.  The flow is up and there is a little color in the water.  The water temperature in town is 43 degrees.  I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature and a man was standing on one of those big rocks casting a small silver spoon.  I asked if he was doing any good.  I guess he didn’t hear me.  I didn’t want to yell too loud and startle him.  He might have fallen off the rock.  He was in his own world, casting away into the beautiful river.

The flow on Little River is 430 cubic feet per second (cfs).  That is swift in some places so wade carefully.  You don’t want to fall in when the water is this cold.  Normal flow for this date is 284 cfs.

Several angling fans ventured into the Park yesterday to fish.  Joe McGroom and David Knapp were two of them.  I’m sure they did well.  Yesterday was perfect, today will be too.  This is a holiday and a lot of people are not working so I expect the rivers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park to get some fly fishing action.

The stocked water in Townsend has been providing some good angling fun.  The State stocked a lot of trout including some big bruisers late in the Fall. 

I would use streamers like a Muddler Minnow or Clouser Minnow.  Get them down to where the fish are.  The Muddler will probably need some split shot clamped on above the fly.  Now that the water is higher and has some color you can get away with heavier tippet.

The red tail hawk that watches the field behind the shop is sitting on his usual perch in the tallest tree.  I can see his head moving from side to side.  He’s waiting for a field mouse to show itself.  Today will be warm and the critters will be out and about.  That’s what the hawk is counting on.

We’ve got some nice weather in our future, starting today.  We’ll see high temperatures in the 50’s with rain coming back Wednesday.  It looks like this weekend might be perfect for a fishing trip to Townsend unless we get too much rain later in the week.  The forecast for Saturday is mostly cloudy with a high of 55 degrees.  They say the high Sunday will be 61 degrees with a 60% chance for showers.  Things change so keep an eye on this report before making a long drive to the Smokies.

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

Byron Begley
January 18, 2010


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