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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy and 36 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The forest is wet.  We got an inch of rain yesterday.  The snow that was expected did not happen.  I pulled out of the driveway ,looked around and could not believe what I saw.  All the mountains surrounding Dry Valley, which for the most part border Great Smoky Mountains National Park where were pure white.  Evidently, about 200 or 300 feet higher than where we live at 1,200 feet above sea level, it snowed.  The snow was one of those tree clinging snows. 

I drove to Townsend and saw the same thing.  The mountains were white from about 1,500 feet in elevation and up except for one area near the uncompleted Foothills Parkway.  It is beautiful here.  We have snow covered mountains and dry streets, which is a great combination for me.

Little River is up.  Flow is 340 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 355 cfs.  The river was higher during the night. We had .95” of water in our gauge at the shop.  The water is clear.  The water temperature at 8:05 was 44 degrees.

Fishing has been great.  Anglers are catching plenty of trout in the Smoky Mountains and all around East Tennessee.  The water has cooled off some.  But we are going to see high temperatures in the 60’s again starting Wednesday.  Tomorrow the high is supposed to be 58 degrees.  The good fishing will continue, maybe not today but wait until later in the week. 

Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Brown Stoneflies and Blue Wing Olives have been on the water and trout are feeding on them with vigor.  Fishermen have big smiles on their faces.  This has been happening for several days but not like the last two days.  Friday and Saturday were awesome.  Some anglers reported catching trout on dry flies only.  Others said the trout were taking nymphs too.  I guess it all depends on where you were at the time or what flies you chose. 

Two guys told me Saturday they fished a low elevation brook trout stream and did not do well at all.  They caught trout elsewhere though.  They had to be fishing behind someone else.  Sure enough, yesterday, another guy went to that same stream and had a great day. 

Quill Gordons, Stimulators, and large Parachute Adams seem to be doing best, probably because that is what most people are using.  For nymphs I would use a Pheasant Tail, Tellico or Prince Nymph.  Plenty of other patterns will work too. I don’t think the pattern is all that important.  Use one that looks like a large dark mayfly and you can’t go wrong.  It is going to be cooler today so the fishing might not be as good as it was on Friday and Saturday.

I wrestled my iMac out of the house this morning and brought it to the shop.  Here I have an older Mac with a 24” monitor.  At home I had a Mac with a 27” monitor.  I am switching them.  The main reason is speed.  The bigger of the two is much faster.  This one is older and slower.  Since I’m working full time on our website I think more will get done with that faster computer here.  All I do at home, at night is review the pages I created during the day and correct errors. 

The new iMacs today are faster, much faster than the one I had at home.  And, they have the option of a solid state hard drive with no moving parts.  You can get an iMac with a solid state drive and a regular hard drive.  The idea is to load your software on the solid state drive.  That way, your programs load immediately, or so people tell me.

The new iMacs also come with a new Thunderbolt connection.  Using that connection you can hook up to a raid external drive and save files at a super fast speed.  You can also hook up an additional 27” high definition monitor and use two.  You can open two or three windows on each monitor and have them all visible and workable. All of this can be had for $5,000.  I think I’ll wait on that for a while.

If you buy one, always buy the fastest machine they make if you use it for work. Scrimping on speed is a huge mistake if you do what I do for a living. You might save $2,000 by buying the slower machine. Your productivity will decrease by thousands of hours over the life of the machine.

Daniel came in just now and told me we had a big crowd here yesterday watching and listening to David Knapp as he tied flies and talked about fly fishing.  David is a good guy and a good friend.  He even worked here one Summer.  I don’t know anyone who loves fly fishing as much as David.  Not only does he go fly fishing every chance he can, he also writes and photographs for his website which is excellent.  His site is called The Trout Zone.  He is an excellent photographer too.

I visit that site fairly often and catch up with his fishing journeys which are varied.  One day he might be fishing the Smokies, then he is fishing the Caney Fork a few days later.  He might be striper fishing on a tailwater at night.  Maybe he just got back from Yellowstone.  Lots of his friends are also friends of mine.  So, I get to see them too on David’s website.  David is a frequent contributor to our Message Board.  He always has nice things to say.

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

Byron Begley
February 20, 2012 


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