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 39 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We are expecting rain today but only a 50% chance.

Little River is flowing at 344 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 414 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:50 am was 42 degrees.

What we have are not great fishing conditions in the Smokies.  The water is cool.  It is going to be warmer today, 54 degrees.  The rain will be warm in the lower elevations.  We may see the water temperature rise and this might be a decent day to fly fish in the Smokies.  It will be overcast all day.  That is good.  I would expect nymphs or wet flies to work best.  A Pheasant Tail or Tellico would be a good choice.  You may see some adult aquatic insects on the water.  This is a perfect day for Blue Wing Olives.  They love days like this.  Additionally, since some other mayflies have been hatching, you could find some Quill Gordons or Blue Quills on the water.  So, be ready with some dry flies too.  I would not write today off as a bad day to fish.  We may be surprised.

More rain is expected tonight and especially tomorrow.  Then, believe it or not, snow is in the forecast for Monday through Tuesday night.  We are only about a week away from April.  Many of the trees have bloomed.  Snow?  The low temperatures at night during this snow predicted event will not be that cold, hovering around the freezing mark in the valley.  Higher up in the mountains, it will be colder and who knows what will happen.

Cold water causes trout to be sluggish.  What we need is 50 degrees or better for dry fly fishing to be good again.  I don’t think we see that for several days.  I’m looking at the Fishing Gauge right now.  It is indicating that fishing in the Smokies is between “Good” and “Slow”.  It will probably move back to slow on Monday.

Great news.  A new small resort that is perfect for fly fishing anglers is opening right across the river at the Swinging Bridge and and across from Miss Lily’s Restaurant.  It is called Wellspring Retreat.  Jill and Steve bought the 20+ acres in October.  Jill came by to see me yesterday.

Improvements consist of a 5 bedroom 5 ½ bath lodge and two cabins.  There is an old rustic barn on the property.  Gently sloping manicured grassy bottom land borders Little River at my favorite fishing hole.  I have been in the lodge and cabins.  This is a really cool place. 

Jill and Steve plan to rent the whole property at once during the peak season.  This will help them keep the costs down and make it easier to manage for a group seeking a private, easily accessible location on the River.  They will be catering to large groups of up to 30 people.

I am excited about this mainly because I can see lots of fly fishing clubs, organizations or a large group of anglers staying there.  You can walk across the river on the swinging bridge to have dinner in town or visit our fly shop.  We are located a short distance away, certainly within walking distance.  There are possibilities for a small fly fishing event.  I hope to get away today and walk around this beautiful property with them and think about all those possibilities.

You can learn about this property and see it all by CLICKING HERE.  Check it out.  Better yet, call Jill and talk to her about this new and unique resort. 

A group of members of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited are holding a fishing outing today.  They are meeting here at 9:00.  I better finish up so I can go down and talk to them.

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

Byron Begley
March 23, 2013


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