Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  We got a dusting of snow last night.  The roads are fine in the valley.  Most of the roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are closed temporarily.  Many should open quickly.  The high temperature today will be between 47 and 50 degrees down here.  Up higher, it will be colder.  Right now, the temperature outside is 30 degrees.  The sun is coming up and the skies are clear.  This is going to be a beautiful day in the Great Smoky Mountains.

Little River is flowing at 311 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 320 cfs.  The water temperature is 37.6 degrees.

Fishing in the mountains will be slow today.  We are all looking forward to the warming trend, which will begin today. We are going to experience high temperatures in the 50’s to upper 60’s by the end of the week.  The nights are going to be warmer too.

Is this the Spring-like weather we’ve been waiting for?  I hope so.  February typically warms later in the month.  We often see some aquatic insect activity in February.  We often see some dry fly action, especially in the lower elevation streams in February.  The next 10 day weather forecast looks encouraging.

For sure, anglers will become active along with the bugs and trout.  I’m really looking forward to the weekend.  Not only will it be warm, it will probably rain.  Warm rain puts the streams here in “active” mode.

Get ready with some Quill Gordon dry flies and wet flies.  That is what the trout will be eating along with Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives.  I hope it happens this week.  The water temperature will be the defining factor.  50 degree water would be nice.

Paula and I have been in Hilton Head, South Carolina for the past 8 days.  It didn’t snow but the weather was not great.  I got a lot done on the new Fishpond project for our website.  I think I can finish it in about 10 working days.  If I don’t have to be here for the next 10 days, I’ll be at home working on it.  It’s hard to do that kind of work here.  I get too many interruptions.  Trying to write content is hard to do when your train of thought is shifted to another subject.

I could tell you just about anything you want to know about Fishpond’s 80 plus products.  Since we have to write descriptions in our own words, believe me, I can describe every finite detail about a chest pack or backpack. 

Right now, I’m behind of bookkeeping so I’ll be locked in my officer here for a couple of days doing that.

The Spring merchandise is arriving.  Now, we are predicting Spring.  The ten day weather forecast sent that signal to me today.  When that happens, we pull the trigger so to speak.  We tell our manufacturers to send the first shipment of what we ordered last Fall.  Thus begins another selling season.  And then, we have tens of thousands of dollars we owe.  An extended winter can make that painful.  I remember once, we had a sustained hard freeze in early April.

Customers are already coming in the store this morning.  They are going fishing.  They may do OK.  At least they are out having fun.

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

Byron Begley
February 16, 2014 

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