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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:32 am, the wind is blowing and the temperature is 50.9 degrees.
Today’s high temperature is expected to be in the low 60’s with continued breezy conditions. It will be warm tonight and tomorrow, before a cold front moves in on Thursday.
Little River is flowing at 218 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.17 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 282 cfs. The water temperature is 39.7 degrees.
Fishing is slow right now due to the cold water. We will see some warming today through tomorrow. Fishing should improve. Wind will be a negative factor today. Sustained winds of 15 miles per hour are predicted, with gusts to 25 miles per hour.
If you go fishing today, I would use nymphs, weighted, and fished deep. I would not expect too much action but you may catch a few trout, especially later in the day after the water has warmed some. If given a choice, I would fish tomorrow instead.
January is about gone. February is usually warmer than January. Some years, the Spring hatches along with good fishing occur in February, usually toward the end of the month, but sometimes earlier. The long term weather forecast through mid-February indicates much warmer than normal days and nights. Of course, long term forecasts projecting two weeks ahead are subject to change. If this one holds true, we may have an early and wet Spring and it won’t be far off.
Frank, Mouse and I have already booked a guided fishing trip in February, on Hatchery Creek in Kentucky. We will be fishing with Brad Redmon. Rainbow trout are spawning in Hatchery Creek.
I have already reserved two homes on the coast this Spring.
I’m planning to take our boat to the dealer next week, and have the water pump impeller replaced, something that should be done every two years. The days are getting longer and now it is noticeable.
My new fly tying desk needs one more coat of polyurethane, then it will be ready. I’ll start tying Knuckleheads, that we sell in the shop. The new Spring gear will be arriving at the shop in March. If Spring breaks earlier, we can get everything shipped sooner.
I’m getting fired up about Spring fishing. I can’t wait for the smallmouth bass to stage for their Spring spawn. After that, whey will be sipping foam flies and poppers on the surface.
Wild turkey toms are practicing for Spring. I saw another one yesterday, fanned out and trying to pick a fight with other toms, behind our house in the forest. Paula saw one doing the same thing Saturday. They have been doing that often lately, earlier than usual.
Beards on the young jakes appeared two weeks ago. Now, the beards are about 1” long. That is usual. The hens and toms are traveling separately. That began about two weeks ago.
I suppose we have to be realistic. That is not as much fun, but, we have been surprised before. Remember the snowstorm of the century? That happened in March of 1993. I measured 30” of snow at this house. The Park got 4 feet!
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
January 31, 2017
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