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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 32 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was very light.  I saw maybe 10 vehicles on my way to work.  I did come in earlier than normal.  The higher mountains are white from snow that fell last night.  The lower elevation mountains look like the valley, dark and damp.  It is a pretty mourning here.

Little River looks about normal.  Flow is currently 291 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 320 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am was 42 degrees.

The high temperature today will be in the high 30’s, that’s it.  The low tonight will be in the low 20’s. The water temperature number will be low tomorrow morning.

I’ve heard some decent fishing reports yesterday.  Josh and Tyler caught some stocked rainbows in Little River outside the Park through town day before yesterday.  Alex found a hatch of little black stoneflies in the Park and trout were rising to them.  He caught several fish.  Josh was going back into the Park to fish yesterday.  I don’t know how well he did.  I noticed on the temperature graph that the water warmed slightly yesterday. 

Fishing is still slow overall and we try to be conservative anyway.  We don’t want customers driving long distances to be here to fish and be disappointed.  You can catch trout in the Smoky Mountains, when the water is cold.  And, you might get some dry fly action at times.  Normally though, when the water temperature is in the low 40’s fishing is slow.  Right now, the water temperature is in the low 40’s and it’s going to get colder than that.

Checking the links to the left, it appears TVA will be generating all day at Cherokee, Douglas and Norris dams.  Dang, we need a break.

I’m ready for Angler’s Spring.  Some people are seeing some scattered and confused looking Quill Gordons on the water.  Those bugs are waiting impatiently to hatch and mate.  I think it’s going to be at least another week before we get that warm spell we’ve been hoping for.

Bill Boyd Jr. and Bill Boyd Sr. will be tying here this morning.  They start at 10:00 am and will tie until 2:00 pm.  It’s free, just come by.  Also, we will be holding a intermediate fly tying class today.

I took my bicycle to Cycology yesterday to get an opinion about making it more comfortable for this aging body.  Cycology is a great bike shop that is part of Little River Trading Company, an outdoor/hiking/paddling store.  We send a lot of customers to them, mostly tourists who wander in here thinking we might sell hiking boots or backpacks. We send people who need bicycle help to them too.  The store is located on this side of Maryville, a short drive from Townsend. 

Well, as you can imagine, you can make a bicycle more comfortable on any budget.  They called the process “comfortizing”.  I looked at seats, stems, handle bars and all kinds of stuff.  I want my butt cushioned and my torso upright.  I don’t want to spend what Greg LeMond would spend on his bicycle.  Actually, I bet he has more than one bicycle.

I bought a cushy seat to get started, bolted it on last night and brought my bike to the store this morning. We’ll see.  I’ll probably take a test drive after work.

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

Byron Begley
February 16, 2013

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