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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is overcast and 56 degrees in Townsend this morning.  When I got home from work last night, I saw a huge wild turkey gobbler with a hen in front of our house.  It appears the turkeys are splitting up and probably mating right now.  Paula and I saw 29 turkeys in the same area Tuesday night.  We saw a flock one day and a pair two days later.  I think it’s time.

Little River is flowing at 198 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.82 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 332 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 46.5 degrees.

The wind howled all night.  I had to move a large limb from the drive in front of my truck.  I’m lucky it didn’t land on the truck.  I’m even a heck of a lot luckier it didn’t land on the boat, which was attached. 

Rain is coming.  The chance today is 100%.  The chance tomorrow is 80%.  It is going to be warm so the rain should be warm too.  It was supposed to rain last night but it missed us.  Looking at the weather radar right now, I don’t see much headed our way.  This may be one of those times when it is supposed to rain but doesn’t.  We need the rain and I hope it comes.

The water is warming quickly, 7 degrees since this time yesterday morning.  That trend will continue.  If the streams don’t get blown out, this might be a good weekend to fish.  It will certainly be cloudy.  I will try to keep you informed all weekend as to the current conditions.  Fishing could be great or it could be awful.  I would not drive a long distance to get here, to be disappointed.  If you live nearby, be ready.  This might be a super opportunity.

We will have active trout and aquatic insects once the water reaches 50 degrees.  They will be active now, just more active with warmer conditions.  There could be many different insects on the water, depending on when and where you are.  That can’t be predicted.  Be prepared for about anything including, Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, possibly March Browns, dark caddis, stoneflies and terrestrials. 

Next week looks even better.  Beginning Monday, the high temperatures will be in the 70’s through Thursday.  We may get rain Thursday.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s to 50’s through Thursday.  Next week is going to be awesome around here.

Paula and I plan to spend the day on a lake Wednesday.  We have not decided which one.  We have a lot of choices.

I’m going to Sevierville today to see my friends Joe, Will and maybe Ben Swann.  They own Workshop Tools and just launched a new website yesterday.  CLICK HERE to see the site.  They have four stores, two in Pigeon Forge, one in Sevierville and another in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Joe Swann has been a very good friend of mine for about 20 years.  He is one of my mentors in business.  When Joe talks, I listen.

We are beginning the process of rebuilding our online store.  Since they just went through it, I’ll learn more today about more current methods, structure and designs.  I can’t wait.

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

Byron Begley
March 28, 2014

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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