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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny this morning and 41 degrees in Townsend.  The days are getting noticeably longer.  I was coming to work before dawn earlier this Winter.  I’m glad those days are over.  Traffic is light.  Paula and I were away for a week and we stopped at the Townsend Shopping Center when we arrived in town, even before going home.  I asked Jean what had been going on in town.  She said nothing is happening.  She did say one of the bald eagles was sitting in a tree behind their store earlier that day. 

The streams in the Great Smokies are flowing strong.  Rain, night before last brought the levels up some but they are falling again.  More rain is expected tonight and tomorrow.  Little River is flowing at 379 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 265 cfs.  The water temperature is 45.5 degrees in town.

Of course, fishing is slower due to the cool water.  If you go fishing in the Smokies, use nymphs and get them down deep.  The water should warm some today and fishing may improve a little, but not much.  We just have to wait a while.  It won’t be long.

Last year at this time the Spring hatches had begun, much earlier than normal.  Lately, normal has been late February or early March.  Looking out at the 10 day weather forecast, it does not appear we are in for any significant weather change.  It will pretty much be normal. 

When the water exceeds 50 degrees and that temperature is sustained for a few days, Quill Gordons and Blue Quills will emerge and be active.  Bill saw a Quill Gordon in the Park this week.  But, he stressed, there was only one.  That does not mean the large hatches are about to happen. 

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is still lowering the lakes.  I looked at Cherokee, Douglas and Norris Dam schedules for today.  All three will be generating throughout the day unless TVA changes their mind.

Well, what you are seeing is an almost finished new fishing report.  Did anyone notice the changes?  I spent a whole day last week re-designing this page.  Most of that time was spent staring at my computer trying to decide what to do next.  Our goal for this page and others is to make them more friendly to those who use tablets and smart phones.

Go up and hover over the menu at the top of the page.  The drop down menus are double spaced.  That was done so you can hit a link with your finger without opening the wrong one.  That happens to me all the time on my iPad.  The menu works great now.

The links on the left and down the page are spaced further apart, again, so you don’t pick the wrong one.  I added the new Little Pigeon River gauge as a link along with Little River’s old gauge.

There is a link to most TVA reservoir web pages further down on the left.  Again, they are spaced further so you don’t hit Douglas when you meant to see Dale Hollow.  On these pages you will see the generation schedule and lake levels.  There is a link on the left that will take you to our Smokies Spring Fly Collection page at our online store.  This page has about 30 different flies, the ones we highly recommend.  This will help you plan your trip.

The Fishing Report Archive was moved from the left to below this text and a slide show.  There you can choose an older fishing report dating back to May 1st, 2009.  The slider shows up on a computer but it is invisible on a tablet right now.  We’ll work on that.  You can still move the slider with your finger on your tablet.  You just won’t see it.

Right now there is a Weather Channel link next to the archive selector.  That will be changed, probably this week.  It will be replaced by a selection of three weather sites directly pertaining to Townsend.  One will be the Weather Underground radar which is very accurate.

And last, all of our new pages will be wider.  Check out our home page.  It is new too.  And it is wider.

Please let me know if you have problems with this page.  I hope this works better for you like it does for me.

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

Byron Begley
February 12, 2013

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