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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:22 am, it is breezy and the temperature outside is 68.0 degrees.
It will be very warm today, overcast and breezy. The high temperature is expected to be 71 degrees. There is a 50% chance for rain today.
The forecast has changed. Cold air will move in tonight, with temperatures dropping into the 30’s. High temperatures through Thursday will be in the 50’s, dipping to the high 20’s to high 30’s at night. Warm air returns Friday and lasting through February 26th. There will be a couple of cold nights but the days will be very warm. This long term forecast is subject to change.
Little River is flowing at 239 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.10 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 271 cfs. The water temperature is 49.3 degrees this morning.
It will be breezy today. Other than dealing with wind and rain, this should be a good day to fish in the Smoky Mountains. The water is warming. In the lower elevation of Little River, the water temperature is near 50 degrees right now and it will warm further today.
The weather websites are not saying how much rain we will get. That usually means it won’t be much. They do say the wind may gust to 20 miles per hour.
I would be prepared to fish with nymphs or dry flies. Either may work.
Sometimes fishing is slow when fronts like this one move in. Other times, fishing is very good. I believe I would give it a try if you can. I will be working today and will not be fishing.
Daniel is ordering two 10’, 5 weight TFO Professional fly rods tomorrow, one for Frank and one for me. We will be using them on Hatchery Creek in Kentucky, in a few days. I have never used a 10’ fly rod for trout. I have used longer “spey” fly rods for salmon. We will be nymphing, and not making long casts at all. We will be “high sticking”. We will be fishing with Brad Redmon, who knows that stream well. He told us a 10’ rod is the “way to go”. Frank and I have always listened to the experts.
The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has lifted the water contact advisory on the Little Pigeon River. This advisory has been in effect for many years, due to fecal coliform bacteria levels. Now, the river from Gatlinburg to Sevierville has been cleaned thanks to investments made in water treatment facilities.
Now, TWRA will be stocking the river with trout again, all the way down to the Orvis Store in Sevierville. This is great news for tourism and anglers. You can see the story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. I know the folks at Orvis Sevierville are happy about this news. I am too.
I tied 10 dozen Chartreuse Knuckleheads last week. I hope to tie 2 dozen today, then switch to black. After I tie a gross of each color, I can cut back and tie 5 to 7 per day on average, the rest of the year. I think I can stay caught up. That will take an hour per day, on average, 7 days per week.
I know, from a financial perspective, my time would be “better spent”, doing something else for the shop, one hour per day. I can do it at night, while listening to music or the news on TV. It is not some “dreaded chore”.
Making money is not my ultimate goal. After all, fishing, fishermen, family and friends are more important. Offering something like this fly to fishermen is important to me and Little River Outfitters. I also like making something to sell. It’s a fun project. I spend plenty of time doing things more financially productive, like building a new online store and marketing our business.
I guess the same could be said about the time I spend writing and designing this fishing report every day. Is this report “financially productive”? Maybe. I have not thought that much about it over the last 10 years. It is read by several hundred people every day. It must have a positive affect on our store. When I am in the shop, I hear customers mention it. I enjoy doing it. How many people, do you know, who look forward too getting up at 5 am on a Sunday morning to write a fishing report? Probably not many.
I enjoy tying Knuckleheads too. Yesterday, a man sent me a photo of a bass he caught on a Yellow Knucklehead. That made me feel good.
For us, Little River Outfitters began, to give us something to do, over 20 years ago. Paula and I wanted to be productive. It grew into something larger than I imagined, back then. Little River Outfitters has benefited many people, non-profit organizations and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I think everyone who works there enjoys being part of the family of friends. I know everyone there enjoys helping people.
This has been and continues to be an enjoyable way of life. There is a lot to be said for that.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
February 12, 2017
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