Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
January 25, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Teneessee.  It is 43 degrees and the temperature is falling.  Our town seemed pretty active this morning.  I don’t know why.  Maybe people are getting out to buy groceries and waiting for the snow tonight.  I should not snow much in the valley though it’s coming down in the highest elevations right now.

Little River is raging.  The gauge is indicating a level of 5.09 feet or 2,490 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Last night the river rose to over 6 feet.  Normal flow for this date is 343 cfs.  The water temperature was 48 degrees early this morning.  The water is turbid in town.  Most streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are blow out.  The airport reported 2.4” of rain over the past 24 hours. 

I checked the Life On Leconte websiteCLICK HERE. Doug reports that heavy wind and 3.63” of rain made for a long night.  It started snowing this morning.  On his blog there is a photo of 1 inch of new snow around his cabin.  Doug is the winter caretaker of Leconte Lodge located at 6,000 feet on Mount Leconte.  Highway 441 from Gatlinburg to Cherokee is closed due to snow and ice. The higher elevations are going to get some snow.  2 to 4 inches are expected at elevation 5,573 feet tonight.  Low temperature there will be around 17 degrees tonight with a high tomorrow near 25 degrees. 

Fishing is pretty much out of the question in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The streams are very high and dangerous.  There is a wind advisory. Some roads will be closed tonight.  I think I would pick some other activity if you are off today.

Just when it started to feel like Spring here comes the Winter again.  It looks like this coming weekend is going to be really cold.  And, just when we started to worry about a dry month here comes the rain.  A few days ago we were 2” behind normal.  Now we are over 1” above normal and close to the number for last year on this date. And there is more rain and snow on the way.

We were running around in shirt sleeves.  Time to bring out the long johns.  No reasonable person would expect warm weather to hold on for the rest of the winter in late January.  But, we are all tired of that really cold winter we have had so far, it warmed up and we started thinking about the Spring hatches.  Maybe in three weeks that could happen.  It has before.  

The tailwaters around here have been fishing good.  Some of my friends have been fishing the Clinch River lately and doing well.  So there you go.  If you want to go fishing try the Clinch, the South Holston, Watauga or other rivers.  I bet the generation schedules in our tailwaters are going to be good for boaters and bad for waders for a while due to the rain we have had.  But, you never know.  Check the schedules.

Next Saturday Jack Gregory and Tim Ivey will be tying.  Jack lives here, I have fished with him a lot and I think he is the best fly fisherman I know.  Tim comes from Georgia.  He is a fly tying demonstrator and professional tyer.  You folks ought to be here next Saturday.  The demonstrations are free and they start at 10:00 am.  The tyers perform until 2:00 pm.

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

Byron Begley
January 25, 2010

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