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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:25 am, the temperature outside is 28.4 degrees.
The high temperature today is predicted to be 55 degrees with a low tonight dipping into the high 30’s. Rain is likely tonight and tomorrow. Snow is expected in the mountains at elevations above 3,000 feet. It will be cool until the weekend. Expect high temperatures at or above 60 degrees Saturday and Sunday. Low temperatures at night will be in the mid 40’s this weekend.
The USGS flow and temperature online reports, that were not functioning yesterday morning, are now working fine. They became active yesterday morning after I uploaded this report.
Little River is flowing at 209 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.01 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 300 cfs. The water temperature is 43.7 degrees this morning.
Fishing has been fair and in some cases, good. I think it will be slow over the next few days until the weekend, when the water temperature will rise. We have some cold nights ahead. The water temperature will fall.
The long term weather forecast, though not always accurate, calls for very warm days and nights, continuing after this weekend. If correct, we will see highs in the 60’s and 70’s, with lows in the 40’s to low 50’s through February 28th. If that happens, we will enjoy Spring-like fishing until March 1st and hopefully beyond.
I have been working at home, where I am seeing signs of Spring. Daffodils are blooming in front of our neighbor’s house. We have a bank, behind our house, outside my office window, covered with Vinca (Periwinkle). It is blooming.
The wild turkey adult males (gobblers) and females have pretty much split into gender groups. The gobblers are displaying, puffed up and fanning their tails more often now when they are bullying each other, or if they are near hens.
The doves appear to be pairing and separating from the larger flocks. Robins have arrived.
We have not seen a bear around our house. They usually show up in March. One did destroy a bird feeder pole a couple of weeks ago, during the night. I lock the bird feeders up at night in the boat house.
When the bears start roaming through during the day, I will have to stop feeding the birds. I hope to get rid of my stash of seed before then. I won’t be buying any more. It does not store well during the warm months. I keep it in the boat house. Insects either hatch or find their way into the cans and bags.
Signs seem to be pointing to an early Spring. When the rivers in the Smokies, warm to 50 degrees and that number is sustained, the action begins. Trout and aquatic insects behave differently. The trout eat more as their metabolism shifts into high gear. Aquatic insects, like Blue Quills and Quill Gordons, and other species, appear and mate. Trout direct their attention to the surface. Anglers use dry flies or wet flies more often than they use nymphs.
Of course, we get busy at the shop. That seems to be happening already.
I will be more enthusiastic, when writing this report. I like that. It’s a lot more fun, writing fishing reports, when fishing is good, or even better, “excellent”. Those days are not far off.
Paula and I have fishing trips planned this year. I am also planning my fishing outings, with my buddies. I can go fly fishing anytime, at a moments notice, due to where I live. There are trout streams within a few minutes drive from here. But it is always fun to plan trips with my buddies, somewhere else. We are doing that. You will know I am seriously fishing, when Daniel writes this report.
Three of my fishing buddies and I date back to the 1950’s and 1960’s. We grew up together. I started the first grade with Frank in 1957. Do the math. That is 60 years.
We all fly fish. One lives in Nashville and the other two live in Kentucky. We are going on a fishing trip next week. We have a cabin rented.
There will probably be more socializing than fishing. We have plenty of memories and stories to laugh about. Fly fishing is just one of our excuses to get together. We use turkey hunting as another. On an outing like this one, I could care less if the fishing is good. I hope it is of course. That would persuade us to get together sooner.
In the whole scheme of things, what is more important? Is it catching a trout? Or is it being with friends you have known most of your life? “Sorry trout. You lose.”
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
February 14, 2017
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