Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennnessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 43 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It is going to rain all day.  There is a 100% chance.  East Tennessee may get some snow tonight too.  The weather service is predicting may 1” in the valleys.  Expect more than that in the mountains if the forecast is correct. 

I am off today.  I did not take the water temperature this morning.  I did take it last night.  It was 49 degrees at 6:30 pm.  I expected that number to be higher. 

Fishing has been excellent for the past two days.  Bugs have been hatching in the Smoky Mountains and trout have been rising to them.  Accounts from anglers have been exciting to hear.  Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are on the water but not for long.  Trout are gulping them down.  Travis told me yesterday he caught 6 trout on 6 casts.  Here is his story and photos on our Message Board

Lots of other fishermen reported similar stories.  Warm water, especially warm for February is the reason for the great fishing. 

Walter Babb told me yesterday he and Buzz fished the Tellico River this week.  He said they saw Quill Gordons hatching but the trout were not taking them.  He blamed the colder water there.  The Tellico River does not get the sunshine due to the steep mountains close by. 

I don’t know what today will bring.  It is raining, it is going to get colder and the trout might either shut down or keep on feeding.  It will be cold tonight.  That will slow things down tomorrow, I think.  But, next week should be warm again.  Fishing will be good again by mid-week.  Weather in the future looks good for 10 days with high temperatures in the high 40’s to low 60’s. 

David Knapp is tying at the shop today.  I hate to miss that.  He will begin at 10:00 and tie until 2:00.  This is a free demonstration.  All you have to do is show up.  David is a talented fly fisherman and tyer.  I don’t know many people who love to fly fish as much as David.  He is young but he has been around.  He has been around often.  David is a school teacher in Crossville, Tennessee.  He worked in the shop one Summer.  That was a great Summer for me. 

We had a light turnout for the fly tying demonstrations yesterday.  Everyone went fishing.  Daniel and Chuck are working at the shop today. I’m going to take it easy and tie flies. 

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

Byron Begley
February 19, 2012

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