Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Thunder shook our house this morning as a storm rumbled through.  I stopped at the river then at the IGA to buy a newspaper.  I was only one of two customers in the store.  It is quiet in Townsend this morning. 

Little River looked fine.  The water level is about the same as what I saw yesterday morning.  Flow is 505 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 319 cfs.  The water temperature is 50 degrees right now. The water appeared to be slightly stained. It was hard to tell for sure.  I think the streams in the Smokies will be clear but I don’t know how much rain the mountains have received so far.  There could be some higher water on it’s way to Townsend from the high elevations. 

Rain will continue and we may get an inch.  It will be very warm today, around 60 degrees in the valley.  Tomorrow will be warm too.   Then the cold front will move in and temperatures will drop into the 20’s at night.

This would be a good day to fish, especially with nymphs.  The cloud cover and warmer water are certainly favorable to anglers. 50 degree water is not ideal by any stretch.  You won’t have Spring-like fishing.  But also, you won’t have Winter-like fishing.  It will be somewhere in between.  Fishing is certainly better than normal for January.

Blue wing olives could also be hatching today.  They like nasty weather.  So, be prepared for that, should it occur.

Don’t forget, Walter Babb will be tying here on Saturday.  This is a free fly tying demonstration.  All you have to do is show up.  He will be demonstrating between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.

I’m working on the new website overhaul.  I remember when we did this in 2005.  I believe it took Daniel and I about 1,000 hours back then.  There are hundreds of pages in our website.  I asked Daniel yesterday if that was the correct number of hours that we estimated.  He said we actually stopped counting at 1,000 hours.  This may take longer than I think.  Oh well, I’m committed.  My goal was to have this finished by March 1st. 

I better get back to work.

Have a great day.  I will let you know if the water gets too high to fish safely.

Byron Begley
January 11, 2012

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