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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:28 am, the temperature is 34.7 degrees.
A very strong thunderstorm tore through our area late yesterday. In anticipation of the storm, Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed many roads temporarily. The storm lasted about an hour. We were under a tornado watch for at least 2 hours.
Rainfall amounts around Townsend varied from ½ inch to 1.5 inches as recorded on local Personal Weather Stations. The Knoxville Airport received .96 inches.
It will be cool today, in the low 50’s and dropping to the low 30’s tonight. Friday will be cooler, with a high in the high 40’s and lows in the 20’s. Saturday will be warmer and Sunday will be considerably warmer, reaching the low 60’s during the day.
Little River is flowing at 363 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.41 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 345 cfs. The water temperature is 50.7 degrees and falling.
Water temperatures in the streams will likely fall most of the weekend. It will be clear and sunny. Fishing may be good right now, but, the water temperatures are trending down which usually means fishing will slow. I expect fishing will be slow to fair this weekend. Maybe I am wrong. Sunday may show some improvement, as warm air returns.
Next week looks better. High temperatures will be in the 60’s, dropping into the mid to high 40’s at night. Fishing will improve next week. Mid March looks good right now on the long term forecasts, though they may change. If you are planning a fishing trip here, weekend after this one, you may be in for a treat.
Walter Babb and Ray Ball will be our featured guests at this Saturday’s Free Fly Tying Demo. These guys are experts. I call them legends. Almost everyone knows their name. This event is free. Just show up at the shop Saturday. They will be here between 10 am and 2 pm. They won’t be just tying flies. They will be discussing fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains. Ask questions. Learn from this. Enjoy your day.
I saw Steve Fillmore yesterday at the Townsend Shopping Center. We talked for a while. He and his wife Janice own several properties in Townsend. I think they are the largest landowner on Little River. They own The Lily Barn, Chocolate Bar and Miss Lily’s Catering.
They recently bought an old and closed campground. I was there once, when it was called Camp Townsend. At the time I thought, “This is a cool campground”. It is located right on Little River.
Steve showed me some photos of two trout one of their guests caught a few days ago. They were rainbows and both were over 20” long.
Steve and Janice named their new campground “Little River Campground”. They have done extensive remodeling and upgrading. The campground is tucked back off the main road, and borders their farm, which is also on the river. You won’t know you are in town. It is peaceful and quiet. You will be camping in the trees and on the river.
Visit their website by CLICKING HERE.
We have some great campgrounds in Townsend. Our town is rural in nature. Here, you can avoid the crowds, most of the year. We do have visitors during the Summer and Fall, when the leaves change. Most of the year, you won’t see many people at all.
That is what drew me here long ago. When the fishing is really good, not many people are here. And, Little River is one of the most beautiful streams found anywhere. It runs right through the middle of our small town, out of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
It is daybreak. I love these longer days. I looked out from the front of our house toward Cades Cove. The air is very clear. The mountains look beautiful, vivid and they appear larger and closer. Trees and flowers are blooming. A large flock of robins were picking worms off the ground last evening, after the storm. We are all enjoying our early Spring.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
March 2, 2017
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