Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 19, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is cool this morning, 34 degrees.  The sun is shining but scattered clouds are overhead and partially hiding some of the mountains on the horizon.  It will be warm and beautiful today in the Great Smoky Mountains.  We expect a high of near 60 degrees in the valley.

Little River has dropped a little.  The flow rate is 315 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 310 cfs so we are right at normal flow.  The water temperature was 40 degrees at 8:30 am.  The river looked good this morning.  It looked perfect.  I would go fishing today.  Tomorrow might be better, there is a 70% chance for rain.

As the week moves on the chance for rain increases.  We may get three days of rain which would help bring those rainfall number closer to normal.  Right now at the airport we are around 2 inches below normal for the year.

If you go fishing in the Smokies today try streamers.  There are some nice brown trout that are active and plenty have been caught lately.  The stocked rainbow trout in Town are feeding, some are large and there are a lot of them.  Try Wooly Buggers in town.  Olive works well.  You may see some hatches of blue wing olives, especially tomorrow.  There may be some small black stoneflies on the rocks.  This warm rain we are going to get should really help the fishing this week. Temperatures at night are going to be in the high 30’s to mid 40’s. Highs are going to be in the 50’s. These streams are going to warm up.

It appears from now until the end of January will be warm.  Sometimes we start getting some Spring hatches of Quill Gordons in February in the Smokies.  Or, Winter weather can hold on until mid-March.  But maybe, we are going to have an early Spring.  I hope so. I’m tired of the cold weather we have had.

On average the high temperature in February is 52 degrees here and the low is 26.  In March the average high is 61 degrees and the average low is 33.  What we are experiencing now is way above average for January.

So, get ready to go fishing or go.  I’ve got some flies that need to be tied.  I better quit messing around and get busy.

For the last few days I’ve been working full time on Troutfest.  Most of what I do requires getting started early.  For instance, almost all the printing has been designed.  I only have one piece left.  I updated the website three months ago.  I called most of our vendors last week and I’m getting applications and checks in.  All that’s left is to contact all the fly tyers and schedule them.  Then we’ll mail out a box with materials for all stores that sell fly fishing tackle in our surrounding seven states including Tennessee.  Included in that mail-out will be an invitation to have a booth at the event, a plea for a donation for our auction, 250 small cards to hand out to their customers and a small poster for their front counter.  You can visit the Troutfest website by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
January 19, 2010

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