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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:14 am, the temperature is 37.6 degrees.
Today will be another warm one, similar to yesterday, with a high temperature in the low 60’s. Cooler air moves in tonight. Expect a high in the low 50’s tomorrow, and the mid to high 40’s through the weekend. Lows will dip into the 20’s and 30’s through the period. We may see snow showers early Sunday morning.
I saw a robin behind our house yesterday. Spring is not far off.
Little River is flowing at 196 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.10 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 305 cfs. The water temperature is 42.4 degrees this morning.
The streams are warming some, and that will continue today. Fishing will get a little better. Then, the warming trend will end for a few days. Fishing will be slow through the weekend.
That does not mean you can’t go. And, you may catch a trout or two. Use nymphs, fished weighted and deep, tickling the bottom. Trout may become more active today, if the water temperatures rise further. By the weekend, the water will be cold again.
It appears we may have some warm days and nights next week, especially on Monday and Tuesday. After that, the long term forecast calls for warmer temperatures, except for a couple of days. We should experience warmer than normal temperatures through February 15th, if the extended weather forecast does not change, and it may.
We have four fly tying classes schedule this month. You can check our school schedule by CLICKING HERE. One all-day beginner fly tying class will be held next Saturday, the 4th. I don’t know if there are openings in the class but you can call the shop at 865-448-9459 and find out. The cost of the class is $85, which includes everything you need, including lunch.
We are also holding a Free 101 Beginner Fly Tying Class on the following Sunday. This is a two-hour primer, designed for those who want to try fly tying. The class begins at 2 pm. The class size is limited, so call the shop to reserve your spot.
An Intermediate, all day fly tying class will be held Saturday, February 18th. Once you are on the School Schedule Page you clicked on above, you can view the page referring to this class from the menu on the left. This class will advance you further, in the hobby of tying trout flies. It’s a good one.
We will hold another Free Fly Tying 101 Class on February 19th.
Each Saturday this month, we will also hold Free Fly Tying Demonstrations, between 10 am and 2 pm. There is no need to reserve a spot. Just show up and enjoy the day. CLICK HERE to see the schedule. Many experts will be talking about fly fishing and fly tying as they demonstrate. Jimmy Jones, Mike Adams, Josh Pfeiffer, Jon Oody, Dan Munger and Brandon Bailes will be tying on different Saturdays this month.
Walter Babb will be featured as a tying demonstrator on Saturday March 4th. You don’t want to miss that one.
Even in the Winter months, we have something going on each weekend for you. That helps us all get through the Winter.
My home office is almost remodeled and I’m glad about that. Now, I will start tying Knucleheads. My goal is to tie those flies, 2 hours per day, 7 days a week for a while. Last year I got a late start, and that caused me all kinds of problems, including not fishing much last year. That won’t happen again.
I’m meeting with Daniel today. We will be planning the construction of our new online store. I will be working on that all year. I can do it from anywhere, and some of that work will be done with a view of the ocean or the bay. We rent homes on the gulf that have broad band internet access, so I can work part of the day, and fish after that. I normally start my work day between 5 and 6 am. That leaves plenty of daylight for fishing.
I live in and love the mountains. East Tennessee is a wonderful place to live or visit, if you enjoy fly fishing or any outdoor activities. I can’t think of a better place to live. But, I also love the ocean. I always have.
I can write the fishing report from Florida too. We have a monitored security system here, but I still don’t like to announce that I’m gone. So, I may be watching the tide come in while writing the report, and nobody will know. Daniel can e-mail me what flies are working and how good or bad fishing is in the Smokies. I can get all the other information I need online.
This is how I intend to spend my “golden years”.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
February 1, 2017
Respond to: Byron@littleriveroutfitters.com