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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:35 am, the temperature outside is a chilly 31.3 degrees.
Today will be sunny and warm with a high temperature pushing 70 degrees. Tonight will be warm too, about 50 degrees. We have a good chance for rain this afternoon and tonight. Tomorrow will be fairly warm, in the mid 50’s.
A chill is coming tomorrow night and last through the weekend. Highs will be in the 40’s. Lows will drop to freezing or below. Rain arrives Saturday evening and may turn to snow showers temporarily Sunday morning in the low elevations. It could accumulate higher in the mountains. What happened to Spring?
Little River is flowing at 253 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.14 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 383 cfs. The water temperature is 46.8 degrees this morning.
The streams will warm today. Fishing will be good in the low elevations and maybe a little higher to the mid-elevations. I would fish in the Middle and West Prongs of Little River. I might be tempted to fish upstream on the East Prong, to Metcalf Bottoms. You might try Elkmont. I’m not sure if that is a good idea. The water may be chilly there.
Fishing should be fair to good tomorrow in the same areas.
Water temperatures will fall tomorrow night and through the weekend. I think fishing will slow quite a bit. It appears the chilly temperatures will last at least until mid-week next week. Next weekend looks better at this point. Everything could change. It is early March. I almost forgot.
I don’t know how cold the streams will be this weekend. You can catch trout. Nymphs fished deep will probably work best. Don’t expect great fishing. I hope I am wrong. If we do get a little snow in the mountains, that will be pretty. There is something very soothing about fly fishing in the mountains when it snows.
Tailwater trout fishing may be a good choice this weekend. That may be an excellent choice.
Frank and Mouse are fishing at Hatchery Creek in Kentucky today. We were there two weeks ago and fishing was good. We caught mostly rainbow trout on midges. They live in central Kentucky so it’s a fairly easy “day trip” for them. It’s a 3 ½ hour drive for me. I bet they are there now. Water temperatures don’t vary much at Hatchery Creek, which flows from the National Fish Hatchery. They should do well.
You don’t have to wear full length waders at Hatchery Creek. I have fished there twice, wearing Chota Hippies. In fact, it is better not to wade right now. The rainbow trout have spawned. The redds can be clearly seen in some cases. Others that are older may be hard to see. The last thing you want to do is wade through a redd, crunching the trout eggs or fry.
Paula and I rode our bicycles around Townsend yesterday evening. We unloaded at the Strawberry Patch and talked to Wendy for a while, then went on a 5-mile ride. Little River looked beautiful. It was warm and comfortable. There were several people riding bicycles. We have done that twice this week and may go again this evening.
We both have new 7-speed, aluminum, “Cruiser” bicycles, made by Electra. They are much more comfortable than our older bicycles. These bikes are made to be ridden upright. No more bending over for me! The rider is closer to the ground. They are stable. Unlike my old bike, I don’t feel like I’m going to fall off. I hate that feeling. These bicycles have changed my whole outlook on bike riding. Evidently, these are the best selling bicycles in America. That is what I read.
We bought them at Cycology in Maryville, which is part of Little River Trading Company. I highly recommend them. They are nice people who know what they are doing. Caroline took very care of us. That is handy for me because I don’t know what I’m doing. I just want to ride slow and be comfortable, without falling off. And, I don’t want to wear padded spandex shorts. I wonder if they sell padded spandex bicycle seat covers? Wouldn’t that serve the same purpose?
Well, I recommend going fishing today or tomorrow. It is going to be nice today.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
March 9, 2017
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