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 and 25 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The high temperature today will be about 50 degrees.  Rain will arrive tonight along with warmer air. Then, it is going to be cold again next week.  We can’t get a break.

I wish I could tell you what the flow in Little River is at this point.  The USGS website that contains that information is down right now.  I believe the gauge reading should be about 2.5 feet or about 400 cubic feet per second (cfs).  The water temperature was 39.2 degrees at 7:55 am.

As you can see, the water is cold.  The trout in Great Smoky Mountains will be sluggish this morning. The water will warm some today, tomorrow and Sunday.  I don’t know how much.  Fishing will improve.  But, I don’t know how much.  I would not drive a long distance to fish here this weekend.  Not only are we unsure about the water temperature this weekend, we have a 50% chance for rain tomorrow, 100% tomorrow night and 100% on Sunday.  The streams could be blown out. They may not be blown out.  Fishing could be good.  It’s hard to say.  

After the weekend, it is going to be cold again.  Snow is even in the forecast Monday and Tuesday.  Man, we can’t get a break.

The weather looks a lot better later next week.  Right now, Thursday looks better.  The forecast also indicates we’ll have low temperatures in the 40’s and highs in the 50’s to 60 for the weekend.  Don’t count on that yet.  The 10-day forecast is subject to change.

I get here early to write this fishing report always an hour to an hour and a half before we open.  That way I don’t get any interruptions.  This phone has been ringing almost non-stop since I started writing.  I don’t answer the phone.  I would never get this report written if I did.  I never noticed that mute button before.  I pressed it and now I can concentrate.

So, what do I write about now?  Nothing much is going on in town.  We’ve been busy every day here.  I think business is fairly good overall in town.  That’s what I’m hearing.  I’m also hearing the phone even with the mute button on.  I wonder what this button is that has DND printed on it.  Maybe that means “Do Not Disturb”.  I’ll try that.

It’s no good.  I can’t concentrate.  The phone is ringing and ringing.  This has not been a very productive morning.  I could have slept an extra hour.  I am very sorry.

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

Byron Begley
March 21, 2013

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