Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennnessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 24 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Frost is thick on the ground and roof tops.  Traffic is also very light or it was when I drove to work.  I have no wildlife encounters to report this morning.  I guess the woodland critters decided to stay home too.

Little River looks good but it didn’t feel friendly earlier.  The water temperature was 41 degrees at 7:50 am.  Flow is about normal at 261 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 297 cfs. 

Fishing has been really good but today might be slow at first and it may be slow all day.  We have had hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Brown Stoneflies.  Blue Wing Olives have been hatching as well.  I don’t know about today.  The bugs may be hatching but the trout may not be eating.

All of that will change soon.  This week promises to be another epoch fly fishing experience in the Smoky Mountains.  Highs will be in the 60’s and approaching the 70’s.  Lows will be in the 30’s to 50’s.  That’s right, I said 50’s.  Maybe 50 would be more truthful.  Trout will put the feed bags on again and anglers will be smiling from ear to ear. 

Orvis postponed my marketing teleconference tomorrow.  I’m taking the day off and after writing this report the boat will be the only “thing to do” on my list.  I’m going to town to buy enough 100%, no-methane fuel to last a month or two.  Then I’m going to wash and wax the boat.  I’ll run the engine too.  I can’t wait.  She’ll be ready to go next week. 

I keep hearing comments about the slide show I placed on the home page.  Check it out.  I change the slides every morning.  Many of those photos were taken by me, Paula or Jack.  And other were loaned to me by Lynn, Zach, Joe, David and others.  It is kind of relaxing to watch them.  Some are Smokies pictures, others are from Florida, the Bahamas, Belize, Yellowstone, New York, Pennsylvania, Michigan and other great fly fishing destinations.

Tomorrow there will be a slide show on this report.  It will be accompanied by a story about a lake that was drained and the goal of many people to build it back again.  We are making progress.  More tomorrow.

Local anglers, including me are concerned about the rumor.  It appears to be more than a rumor.  The story that is moving around the angling community is the opening of a tourist jet boat operation on the French Broad River.  The business will be based on land at the Highway 66 bridge.  If the story is true, based on what I have heard, these tourist boats will hold 10 to 20 people.  They are call New Zealand Jet Boats. 

Watch this video. Will this harm the fishing experience? I hope this is not true. Click the link below.

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

Byron Begley
February 26, 2012



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