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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 59 degrees in Townsend this morning.  On my morning visit to the river I noticed the water level was up a little.  I confirmed that online when I got here.  We had .40” of rain last night and some thunder as well.  Today, the high temperature is going to be over 70 degrees.  Go fishing today!

Flow in Little River is 361 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 353 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge at 7:55 am was 49 degrees.  Go fishing today!

Fishing is going to be very good today.  All conditions indicate that.  Quill Gordons and Blue Quills will most likely be hatching where you are fishing in the Smoky Mountains, except for maybe the upper elevation streams.  Trout slurping big mayflies off the surface are waiting for you today.  Tomorrow should be really good too.  Then, it will get cold again Friday night.  Daytime temperatures on Saturday and Sunday will be about normal for February, 50 degrees. 

All I can say is, go fishing today.  You won’t be disappointed.  You will have a great day.

I’m wondering about the smallmouth bass.  I’m thinking now I should have thrown some gear in the truck this morning.  That river looked inviting earlier.  A couple of hours in the river casting for smallmouth bass after work might be the perfect way to end the day. Maybe I should take my own advice. Go Fishing Today!

And now I’m thinking the lake fishing might be picking up in East Tennessee too.  Black Wooly Buggers cast to the bank might be the ticket.  Would those smallies rise to a Stealth Bomber or a Knucklehead?  I won’t know until I go.

What about the rainbow trout in the lakes.  Are they gathered together in the creeks?  I bet they are. 

I’m sitting here in a short sleeve shirt for the first time in a long time on February 23rd.  I am celebrating Spring today. 

According to the NOAA State of Global Analysis, January 2012 was the 19th warmest on record.  I could have told them that. There is no telling what February is going to look like to them.  Europe may skew that number downward.  East Tennessee will skew it upward.  

NASA reports that last year, 2011, was the 9th warmest year since 1880.  I can vouch for that too.  Our boat felt like a convection oven during the Summer last year.  It was too darned hot to fish during much of the Summer.

Ever caught a two-headed trout?  Well, they hatched some brown trout with two heads and the parents grew up in the upper Snake River of the Greater Yellowstone drainage.  I saw the article in the New York Times this morning.  But I can’t get on that page right now to link it for you for some reason.  Here is one in the California Progress Report.  I’ve never seen this site before.  This doesn't sound like progress to me. The problem may be mine runoff with high concentrations of  selenium according to the New York Times and this website. I don't think I want to be catching two-headed trout. I saw a two-headed calf at a carnival side show when I was a kid. That creeped me out for a long time. What's worse is, I paid good money to see it.

Saturday is our last weekend for Free Fly Tying Demonstrations until next Winter.  Brian Courtney and Buzz Buffington will be tying on Saturday.  Many of you know these guys.  Brian teaches fly tying here.  He is an excellent tyer.  He specializes in trout flies.  Buzz teaches fly tying too.  His TU Chapter, the Clinch River Chapter holds a winter fly tying class.  Buzz, Dick and I wrote and published a fly tying book for their class last year.  Buzz fishes more than anyone I know and his home river is the Clinch.  He will be tying small flies for tailwaters.  All you have to do is show up.  They will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Come on by.

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

Byron Begley
February 23, 2012

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