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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast, gloomy and 38 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It sounds like Spring outside.  I heard birds this morning I have not heard all year.  It doesn’t feel like Spring.

We got almost an inch of rain yesterday and last night.  Little River is flowing strong this morning at 1,180 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 345 cfs.  The water temperature was 46.2 degrees at 7:55 am. The water is clear.

Fishing was fair to good this weekend.  When the sun warmed the water, blue wing olives and blue quills hatched sporadically.  When that happened, the trout responded by feeding on the surface.  Most of these hatches were short lived.  You had to be at the right place at the right time to encounter the hatches.  Fishing with nymphs worked better most of the weekend.  Saturday was better than Sunday.  Some anglers did OK and others did not.  Those who did not were probably at the wrong place.  The water temperature never reached 50 degrees. 

Yesterday, wind and then rain moved in our area.  The barometer was dropping early.  Fishing was slow yesterday for the most part.

We are going to have some cold weather again through Thursday then warm air will prevail once again.  Friday and the next 6 days would be unseasonably warm.  The fishing will improve.  Fishing should be good, this time for sure.  Hopefully we won’t have any snow in the mountains melting and keeping the water temperatures low.

Hatches will include Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and some stoneflies.  The best is yet to come and I think it will happen this weekend and if not, next week.  What we are waiting for is a water temperature number exceeding 50 degrees.  The water temperature will drop for a couple of days then begin to climb again.

The water is high right now. Be very careful wading.  A man died yesterday while kayaking on Little River with a large group of whitewater enthusiasts.  He was trapped underwater at the Sinks for 30 minutes.  Though he was still alive and transported to Blount Memorial Hospital he passed away during the night.  What a sad thing to have happen here.  You can see the television coverage by CLICKING HERE

A forest fire burned 300 acres of woods near Wears Valley Road.  It is not that dry but the wind was certainly a factor.  No people were hurt and no homes burned.

Emergency vehicles were running through town often yesterday.  A lot of bad things were happening.

Our boat is just sitting out there waiting for it’s day.  Paula and I hoped to go fishing tomorrow.  I want to know what is happening on the lakes.  What’s the water temperature?  Have the smallmouth bass moved into shallow water?  Tomorrow won’t be a good boating day.  We’ll go next week.

Tomorrow is my day off this week.  I’ll write the Fishing Report from home. 

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

Byron Begley
March 12, 2013

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