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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is clear and 43 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Fog follows the path of Little River though town.  It is really pretty out there this morning. 

Little River is rolling.  We got .75” of rain during the past 24 hours.  Flow at 7:45 am is 1,270 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 393 cfs.  The river is a little off color right now.  It will be clearing soon.  The water temperature is 47.5 degrees.

Well, except for the high water, things are looking up for fly fishing in the Smokies.  The water temperature is getting close to 50 degrees in the lower elevations.  That’s what we need.  For fishing to be really great a water temperature of 55 degrees would put us there.  That’s what I’m waiting for.

The water levels will recede over the next couple of days.  We do have a chance for more rain Thursday.  As of now, our rainfall, measured at the Knoxville Airport is 20.58 inches for the year so far.  That is 7.66 inches above normal.  This has been a cold year so far.  Last year was the warmest on record.

Fly fishing activity in the Smokies has been fair.  The cool temperatures have delayed the great fishing we were expecting.  It won’t be long.  It’s coming.  It will be happening soon.

The 10 day forecast predicts very warm temperatures next weekend.  We may see highs in the high 60’s to low 70’s and lows in the 50’s Saturday and Sunday.  Of course, that is subject to change.  It also appears we’ll see those warm temperatures extend into next week with highs in the mid 70’s.  Other than Thursday, there is barely a chance for rain over the next 10 days.  If all of this holds true, we’ll have some unbelievable fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains during the later part of the next 10 days, maybe beginning next weekend. 

It’s hard to say what insects will be on the water.  Everything that Mother Nature had planned for the Spring is running late or ran early.  Someone who would know one, saw some Green Drakes on Abrams Creek last week.  That usually happens in April.  They are all mixed up.  You could see Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, March Browns, brown stoneflies, caddis, Hendricksons, Red Quills or who knows what else. 

I did see some blooming forsythia this morning for the first time this year.  That’s a good sign.  Blooming trees were shocked by freezing temperatures just a few days ago.  Snow even fell in the Smokies last week.  The snow is almost gone.  The wild turkeys were still in large flocks last week.  They probably broke up this weekend and began mating.  Now it appears, Spring is almost here.  Just wait a few days.

Trout will be feeding on dry flies in the mountains.  Smallmouth bass will be moving into their spawning areas in a few days just to look around.  They won’t spawn for a while.  The lakes will warm.  We will see smallmouth bass move into shallow water, where they can be caught on a fly.  It is finally going to happen.  I know we are all ready for that to happen.

I posted a link last week to an Eagle Webcam located in Davenport, Iowa.  I saved it as a favorite and checked it often this weekend.  What you will see is a live stream of a Bald Eagle’s nest.  The pair have two eaglets.  The mother is constantly attending to them and feeding the babies often.  Dad brings freshly caught fish and rodents to the nest to feed his family.  This is something you should watch.  CLICK HERE.  When you arrive on the page, click on the video screen down and on the right.  You can enlarge the high def video and see what is happening in excellent detail, full screen, if there is enough light.  I posted this link again because I thought many of you may have missed it.  We are all nature lovers or we would not be looking at this page.  This link was sent to me by one of our readers in Davenport.  Seriously, watch this.  It is fascinating.

If you go fishing today be very careful wading.  The current is strong. Don't wade in deep or fast water. Fishing may be good, it’s hard to say.  Be thankful that excellent fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains is only a few days away.

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

Byron Begley
April 1, 2013

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