Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sky is cloudy right now and the temperature is 50 degrees this morning.  It feels, smells, looks and sounds like Spring though this is February 2nd.  Spring Peepers can be heard.  I listened to birds this morning while visiting Little River and they were not the species you find during the winter months.  Robins have arrived.  I saw a couple this morning. Hikers are noticing wildflowers blooming in the lower elevations of the Park.  

Little River is flowing well and the water is clear.  We had some rain yesterday so the flow has increased slightly since yesterday morning.  Currently the flow is 435 cubic feet per second (cfs). Median flow for this date is 315 cfs.  The water temperature was 49 degrees at 8:10 am. 

The water will keep warming up.  Weather forecasters indicate highs in the 60’s today and tomorrow.  The warming trend will continue for days.

Everything that is happening in the East Tennessee area points to much better fishing.  The conditions are good and getting better.  You should do very well fishing in the Park over the next few days. 

I would begin the day fishing with nymphs.  Watch the water temperature.  As it rises during the day, the fish and aquatic insects will become more active.  You will probably see some insects on the water.  Switch to a dry fly and give that a try.  I would probably tie on a small Parachute Adams or Blue Wing Olive at first.  If you see larger insects on the water and fish are rising, a change in tactics might be considered.

If the weather does not get back to normal soon, we are going to have some Spring hatches in these rivers.  That could be happening now on a small scale right now.

You will find warmer water at the lower elevations in the Smokies. I would fish there.     

The westbound lane of Interstate 40 is closed due to a rock slide in Cocke County.  A company has been hired to clean it up.  They will finish the job quickly.  I read somewhere it would be open by February 6th.

It looks like more rain is on the way for the weekend.  Better rain than snow.  We are starting this year with plenty of precipitation.  That will benefit all of us this Spring and Summer with better fishing.  Fishing this winter has been extraordinary.  I don’t remember a winter like this one.

I have been working diligently re-modeling our website.  Yesterday I finished three pages in the Winston Fly Rod Category.  They took a long time because of the photography needed and clipping the rods from the background in Photoshop.  Our website has about 1,000 pages.  That does not include the Fishing Report Archive or the Message Board.  But, I don’t have to change those pages.  Most of the work to be done is on the online store.  After that is finished I will change the 20 or so pages on the main site.  That will probably launch in March.  Then the SEO work will begin.  At first I thought this job could be done in 1,000 hours.  Now I’m beginning to realize it will take about twice that long.

Mike Adams and John Thurman will be tying at the shop on Saturday.  These guys are incredible fly tyers and anglers.  They will be tying trout flies.  Come by between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  It’s free.  This will be time well spent.

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

Byron Begley
February 2, 2012

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