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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is snowing and 30 degrees in Townsend this morning.  At our house we had 2 inches of snow on the ground this morning.  The snow is till coming down.  The roads are fine in the valley.  There was absolutely no snow or ice on the roads.  We live 3.1 miles from the shop and half of that is on a rural road.  Everything was fine.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park is having road problems.  The Park Service has closed Little River Road from Sugarlands to Townsend.  Laurel Creek Road to Cades Cove is closed.  Newfound Gap Road is closed.  There are probably others.  You can watch for updates on Twitter by CLICKING HERE.

The weather forecast called for up to ½ inch of rain yesterday.  Boy, did we get a surprise.  Our rain gauge had 1.8” in it this morning.  Rain fell hard yesterday.  I drove home at 6:00 pm after work and Little River was muddy and flowing high.

At 8:00 am, Little River was flowing at 1,290 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 384 cfs.  The gauge reading this morning was 3.87 feet.  Last night the river peaked at 4.5 feet.  The water temperature was 40.8 degrees earlier.

We know that Spring-like weather is on the way.  The high temperature tomorrow will be around 52 degrees.  On Friday we should reach 55 degrees.  On Saturday and Sunday we should be in the mid 60’s. 

What about this high water?  What will that be like this weekend?  That’s hard to predict.  The rivers are falling.  Snow is certainly deeper in the mountains.  Here’s my best guess.

On February 2nd, Little River was flowing at 4.0 feet on the gauge.  By around the 5th it was down to 2.5 feet, which is very fishable.  Some people consider that perfect.  I think the water levels will be fine by Saturday.  But I don’t know how much snow-melt will occur or how much more snow will fall in the mountains.  If you a planning to be here to fish this weekend, watch this report and the water levels over the next two days.  We’ll know for sure by then.

The warming trend will continue for the next 10 days and fishing should be good and maybe better than that.

Be ready with Quill Gordon, Blue Quill and Blue Wing Olive dry flies.  If you want to swing some wet flies or fish with nymphs that will work too.  Most anglers will be using dry flies.

Snow is falling heavy right now.  I can’t see any mountains right now.  Visibility is low.

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

Byron Begley
March 6, 2013

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