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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 34 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The roads I drove on were fine on my way to work.  The ice storm that kept us closed yesterday is over here.  The ice melted off the trees and low elevation roads.

We will be open today.  Rob Fightmaster will be conducting a free fly tying demonstration for you.  Rob is a seasoned Smoky Mountains guide, a talented fly tyer and an excellent fly angler.  He will be here between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Just come on by.  There is no charge and no reservation needed.

Little River is flowing at 348 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 352 cfs.  The water temperature below the confluence of the three prongs is 41.2 degrees.

Little River Road between Highway 441 and Townsend is closed right now due to ice or downed trees.  Also, the Foothills Parkway in Blount County is closed for the same reasons. I suspect they will re-open today.

Fishing won’t be very good this morning.  The water is cold.  We do have a warming trend that will begin today.  That will help the situation.  The high air temperatures will be around 46 degrees today and 53 degrees tomorrow.  We should see high temperatures in the 60’s on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Warm rain will also fall in the area next week.  Fishing will get better each day.

If you go today, start with nymphs.  Get them deep.  Be on the lookout for a Blue Wing Olive hatch.  If that happens, switch to a dry, a #16 or #18 Blue Wing Olive or Parachute Adams. 

We had a real ice storm yesterday starting early in the morning.  The first round was not too bad.  We could have made it to work but since we knew another round of ice was on the way, we decided not to open.  The second wave of ice covered the trees around our house.  Limbs dipped downward.  It was really pretty.  Fortunately, there were no power outages in our service area.  I kept checking their website which shows outages and there were none. 

TVA is still lowering the lakes fast and furious.  Due to that, they are generating at many of our favorite trout tailwaters.  Right now it looks like they will be generating at Cherokee, Douglas and Norris dams all day.  You should check yourself as these schedules are subject to change.  Maybe we will get a break.

I don’t know about you, but I could use some fishing time right now.  The days are getting longer.  I’ve been thinking about going fishing after work lately, due to that.  If this year, is like last year, the Spring hatches could begin in two weeks.  That happened in 2012.  The fishing got better in mid-February but it did begin earlier than that.  That was unusual and unusual is not good for Mother Nature.  We would be better off if the hatches began in late February or early March. 

I tied flies much of the day yesterday and listened to television.  I heard one weather meteorologist say that this Winter has been colder than normal.  I don’t know if she knew what she was talking about but I hope that is the case.  I did look at NOAA’s predictions for the month of February.  That report indicated the temperature in February, in the South, would be colder than normal.  It also indicated that the Spring would be warmer than normal.  I think I remember a prediction of this Spring being wetter than normal in our region.  I could be wrong about that.  I hope we get some relief from the drought in the West and Mid-West.  Those people there are hurting.  Being raised on a working farm, I can’t help but be very sympathetic for the farmers in the drought stricken part of our country.

It’s opening time.  I better go.

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

Byron Begley
January 26, 2013


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