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 34 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got right at 3 inches of rain yesterday.  Little River is a raging torrent.  When I drove home from work last night,  Little River was a Super Raging Torrent.

Flow right now is 2,880 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Last night the river peaked at 7,900 cfs.  Median flow for this date is 282 cfs.  The record high flow on this date was 827 cfs in 1990.  That is based on over 40 years of data.  The water temperature is 45.9 degrees.

Area lakes are up between 1 foot and 2 feet from yesterday morning’s readings.  Needless to say, the TVA dams are generating like crazy.  Our three closest impoundments, Norris, Douglas and Cherokee report a generation schedule of wide open all day.

I drove along Little River at 7:45 am and in front of me was Glenn, Townsend’s maintenance man.  Glenn was driving slow and looking at the road and drainage system.  I pulled up beside him and we both agreed, we missed a bullet again, just like two weeks ago.  And, like two weeks ago, evacuation warnings and road closings were about the same.  Nobody was flooded and there were no visitors to the Red Cross Shelter set up yesterday evening near our house.  The rain stopped just in time. 

We have had 12.67 inches of rain this month.  Normal is 4.17 inches.  Last year was wet too, much of the year.  We ended the year up 3 or 4 inches but I’m going by memory.

The ground is saturated.  Ponds exist where fields used to be.  And those temporary ponds did not recede much during the last two weeks. 

Fishing is lousy today.  If you don’t believe me, look at the fishing gauge at the top of the page. 

Now, the Weather Service is predicting snow.  Yesterday morning the temperature at 7:50 am was 70 degrees.  Tomorrow morning it is likely to be 21 degrees.  The high tomorrow is expected to be 32 degrees.  This has been the month of extremes.  We had a high temperature of 75 degrees one day this month.  This has been crazy.

Saturday might be a very good day to be here though there is a chance for snow.  We will be holding two different Free Fly Tying Demonstations for you between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Both guys are professional fly tyers and designers.  Mike Adams is a guide in upper East Tennessee.  His fly patterns are well known by tailwater trout anglers.  Tim Ivey is a professional fly tyer and designer sponsored by Whiting Farms.  He will be coming here from Georgia.

Uh Oh! Tim can't be here. I just got the word. And, he has a good excuse. We'll all miss seeing Tim. Mike Adams will be here. So, you should be here to see him.

If the roads are slick Saturday morning, we will call this off so check here for updates, especially Saturday morning.  If in doubt, call the shop.  I doesn’t look like the roads will be a problem at this point.  The snow is supposed to resume on Saturday after a clearing on Fridaay night.  The high temperature Saturday is predicted to be 43 degrees.  But, you never know.

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

Byron Begley
January 31, 2013

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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