Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 20, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  It is cloudy and 50 degrees this morning.  The National Weather Service is predicting a high of 57 today.  Wow!  Cabin Fever is now officially become Spring Fever.  Little River looks great.  There is plenty of flow and the water temperature is 44 degrees. The flow rate is 299 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal is 316 cfs for this date.  We’re pretty close to normal. 

We got a trace of rain last night but more is coming this afternoon through tomorrow night.  We could use more rain.  Year to date the rainfall total at the airport is .75 inches.  Normal for the period is 3 inches.  Last year we had already received 5.42 inches.  I guess we can put January 2010 in the “dry” category so far.  I don’t like the way this is starting out.

Fishing will only get better.  The streams are warming and the trout will be more active.  You can probably catch trout on nymphs such as a Tellico, Prince or Pheasant Tail.  Streamers should work well.  Try a Clouser Minnow or Sculpin.  And you might find some dry fly action, probably on Blue Wing Olives.  It is very comfortable outside.  It’s a great time to be in the Park fishing.

The stocked water in Townsend, Tennessee is also producing well.  A lot of rainbows were stocked this fall and some are very large.

It is quiet in the fly shop this time of year.  Heck, it’s quiet in the whole valley.  Some people are laid back and waiting for the Spring tourism rush.  Some, like us are working hard to get ready.  Our manufacturers are waiting to ship our pre-season orders.  They were placed last fall.  Some manufacturers can’t wait.  We got a February 15th shipment of flies yesterday from Umpqua.  Yesterday was January 19th.  Daniel called and worked out some kind of payment deal with them.  After all, they are a month early.  I looked at the big box.  I’m guessing it was several thousand dollars worth of flies.  Stocking flies on our end takes planning.  We need the right flies at the right time and we don’t want to pay for them until business picks back up.

I’m still working on the Troutfest printing order.  Sarah Weeks is doing most of the writing and proofing.  I think we will finish today.  Then I’ll load the files onto Hart Graphics FTP site and away they go.  

Saturday’s Free Fly Tying Demonstrations are really going to be exciting.  John Thurman will be tying.  John is from Norris and is an aquatic entomologist.  He ties some great flies and often concentrates on those used in our tailwaters.  Clayton Gist will also be tying.  Clayton is a fly fishing guide who has fished all over America.  They will both be tying starting at 10:00 am and finish at 2:00 pm.  These demonstrations are free.  Just come on by.

Have a great day.  And thanks for being here with us.

Byron Begley
January 20, 2010

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