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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:20 am, the temperature outside is 47.5 degrees.
Today will be very warm, topping out at 77 degrees. Tonight’s low will be in the low 50’s. It will probably rain tonight. Rainfall amounts of a tenth to a quarter of an inch are predicted. Thunderstorms are possible, with heavier rainfall and wind gusts to 25 miles per hour.
Tomorrow will be cooler with rain and possible thunderstorms in the morning. Temperatures will fall in the afternoon. We may see the temperature drop into the high 20’s tomorrow night. Sunday will be sunny with a high in the mid-50’s.
Little River is flowing at 159 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.84 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 350 cfs. The water temperature is 52.5 degrees this morning.
I think fishing will be good today. The water temperatures will continue to rise. There will be Quill Gordon, Blue Quill and Red Quill aquatic insects on the streams at times. You may see blue wing olives and other bugs on the water. Trout will be taking dry flies or nymphs. It will be a beautiful sunny and warm day.
I don’t know what to say about Saturday. The water will be warm in the early part of the day, unless the rain is cold. I think the rain will be warm. Unless a thunderstorm drops heavy rain in a watershed, I don’t think the water will be high and probably not stained.
What is troubling is, a strong front is moving in. Sometimes that can slow the fishing. The water temperatures will be falling at some point, maybe late in the day, or maybe all day. It is really hard for me to predict what Saturday will be like, from a fly fishing perspective.
Water temperatures will fall quickly Saturday night. Sunday may offer slower fishing too.
Next week will be warm again. There are a couple of cold nights predicted.
If you can, go today.
Debbie Claypool asked me to tell you about the Townsend Community Cleanup that will be held on Saturday March 18th. This cleanup is organized by Keep Blount Beautiful. If you would like to help, please be at the Townsend Visitor’s Center before 10 am. The cleanup will last two hours.
“This event is open to everyone so bring your family, friends, and neighbors and join us in the celebration! Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Keep Blount Beautiful will provide litter pickers, gloves, safety vests, and trash bags for all the participants.
Let's unite as a community and help make Blount County a cleaner, greener, more beautiful place!”
WBIR wrote and filmed a good report about the upcoming re-opening of Chilhowee Lake. The lake was drained to the river in 2015 due to seepage at the dam. Work is underway to repair the dam. You can watch and read the report on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. This is a very good report. It is interesting. I can’t wait to get the lake back.
Dan Munger and Brandon Bailes will be tying at the shop tomorrow for you. This is a free demonstration, beginning at 10 am and lasting until 2 pm. It is free. Just show up.
These guys have talent and they are avid anglers. They won’t just be tying flies. They will be talking about their fly fishing experiences. Dan lives here. Brandon lives in Alabama.
Dan loves fly fishing for everything from mountain trout to bull trout, carp, stripers, musky and golden dorado. He’s done just about all of it. There is no telling what he will be tying or focusing on, but I assure you, you will be entertained and leave loaded with information. We are friends and I love hearing Dan talk about fly fishing.
Brandon does it all too, but he seems to specialize in warmwater species. He ties some of the most beautiful spun deer hair bass flies I’ve seen. His streamers are often articulated and made to catch big fish. Brandon loves fishing with fiberglass rods. He will probably talk about that. His goal, this weekend, is to catch a brook trout on a mouse pattern. I bet he is here right now, waiting for sunrise in the Park. Dan is probably with him.
So, make some time tomorrow to come by the shop to meet these guys. I will be on the road, to a fishing trip in another state. I’ll miss this and I hate to do it.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
February 24, 2017
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