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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 43 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We had a trace of rain in our gauge.  More rain is expected today.  The mountains are fogged in.  I can only see the small hills in town.  Traffic is light as it should be though we will get a tourism up-tick because of Valentines Day.  Chad told me in an e-mail he has rented quite a few cabins.

Little River is flowing at 357 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 273 cfs.  The water temperature was 45.5 degrees at 7:50 am.  The water is clear and the river looks great right now. 

From all indications, fishing is pretty slow in the Smokies.  It’s the water temperature.  When the water is cold the trout don’t feed much.  They will be hunkered down so use nymphs with plenty of weight and get down to the trout.  If you bump one in the nose they might eat your fly.  Don’t expect much though.

It is going to be colder this weekend with lows in the 20’s and maybe 21 degrees Saturday night.  Highs will be in the 50’s tomorrow but dropping to a high in the 30’s on Saturday.  We have a slight chance for snow this weekend.

So, when is Angler’s Spring coming to the Smokies.  That usually happens in late February or early March.  The water temperature rises, the aquatic insects emerge and the trout start feeding.  That is what we are waiting for. 

NOAA predicts February, March and April temperatures will be normal in our area.  Check it out yourself by CLICKING HERE.  They also predict rainfall to be normal in Tennessee.  So, if that plays out like they think it will, Angler’s Spring should occur in early March.  That’s not far off. 

We do get some surprises though.  I remember seeing 3 feet of snow at our house the first week in March back in the early 90’s.  And, last year, Angler’s Spring came at this time of the year, the second week in February.  The 10 day predictions offered by the Weather Channel website do not indicate a bunch of bugs hatching and trout slurping them down at least not in East Tennessee or Western North Carolina in the Smokies.  We’ll have to wait a couple of weeks, at least.

We could fish the tailwaters around here if TVA was not generating around the clock dumping the lakes on us.  I checked Norris, Cherokee and Douglas this morning.  No chance for wade fishing there unless TVA changes their mind.

You could visit here on Saturday.  The Boyds, Bill Sr. and Bill Jr. will be tying.  This is a free demonstration.  All you have to do is show up.  They will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  They will be demonstrating at the same time in different locations or that’s what I think they will do.  You will be entertained and these guys are enthusiastic and innovative, no doubt about that.  So, be here Saturday.

You could also sign up for our Intermediate Fly Tying Class on Saturday.  I think we have 4 openings left.  The class will be taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney.  Get the details by going to our new menu above under the main menu item “Schools”.  It’s worth the money just to spend the day with these guys.  You will learn a lot about tying trout flies.  The high temperature Saturday is supposed to be 35 degrees.  It will be warm in here.

If you tried to click on the link below to send me an e-mail lately, it didn’t work.  It does now.  I appreciate one of our viewers pointing that out. 

If you are trying to join our Message Board, new members are locked out temporarily.  Spammers have been sending hundreds of e-mails and our server has been returning the same amount.  This slowed our server down.  I’ve been looking online to see how to fix this.  Evidently, this has been going on for a while and the intent is malicious because we won’t let them join.  We shut down the new membership application, the e-mails stopped and our website is running much better.  Many businesses end up shutting down their message boards because of this problem.  One solution I read about is to have a question that only a valid person, like a fly fisherman could answer.  I’ll look into that.

I would rather be thinking about Angler’s Spring.  And believe me, I have.

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

Byron Begley
February 13, 2013

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