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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:40 am, the temperature is 51.6 degrees. I walked outside this morning in a t-shirt. It feels great out there. So far, no rain has fallen at our house.

The forecast does indicate a chance for rain today and a high temperature of 63 degrees. The high tomorrow should be around 60 degrees and cloudy.

Little River is flowing at 463 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.41 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 338 cfs. Flow is slightly higher this morning than it was yesterday. That is probably due to snow melt. The water temperature is 48.0 degrees this morning.

Fishing is good in the Smokies. Anglers reported active trout and hatches yesterday. Quill Gordons, Blue Wing Olives and Blue Quills were hatching on Little River. Trout were rising to dry flies.

I would expect the same today, and tomorrow. You may have to deal with rain today at times. Flows are good, on the high side of good.

You won’t see continuous aquatic insect activity. It will be sporadic and probably only in the mid to low elevations. Be willing to switch back to nymphs or wet flies as needed. It will be overcast today, another positive condition for anglers.

If you fish today, be ready with both nymphs and dry flies. I would use Pheasant Tails in small to larger sizes and Quill Gordon wet flies for fishing under the surface. For dry flies, I would have Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives ready to go. You may also do well using different sizes of Adams or Parachute Adams, from #16 to #12.

This is what we have been waiting for all Winter. Spring fishing in the Smoky Mountains has begun.

I can’t predict how warm the water will be over the next two days. If the temperature stays at 48 degrees, that will be fine. If it rises to 50 degrees or above, all the better.

We will have some cold days and nights later this week. Then it will start warming again next Sunday. Fishing may continue to be good all week if the water temperature does not drop much. That depends on how warm the water gets today and tomorrow. The aquatic insects should continue to be on the water at times, even if it turns cold for a few days. Once they start, they usually keep hatching.

You may want to give the lowland rivers a try. Smallmouth bass may be moving from their winter haunts. It’s worth a shot if you are a smallie fisherman.

I checked the TVA website to see the generation schedules. They will be generating at the dams I checked all day. Look at Cherokee Dam’s page on the website. They plan to cut back to one generator at times today. Maybe there is an opportunity there for you.

Well, the weather looks promising until early March with a short cold period next week. Keep an eye on the water temperature. Get out and go fly fishing.

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

Byron Begley
February 21, 2016

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com



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