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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 35 degrees in Townsend this morning.  There was frost on the ground early.  Traffic was light on my commute.  First thing on my way to work I noticed two of my neighbor’s cows were out.  So, I drove up to John’s house to tell him.  At the swinging bridge the river looks perfect.  The water temperature has dropped.  This morning it was 45 degrees at 7:50 am. 

Flow in Little River is 2.87 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 317 cfs. 

We have a lot going on here today.  Walter is teaching a Advanced Fly Tying Class.  Brian Courtney and Buzz Buffington will be here tying flies for you to watch.  It’s free, just come by.  They will be tying between 10 am and 2 pm.  Brian will probably be tying trout flies.  I know for sure Buzz will be tying sulfur patterns.  These guys are experts. Come on by.

Uh Oh!  Brian called.  He can’t make it.  He is a pastor.  He is on call 24/7.  Something happened to one of his church members I imagine.  So, Buzz will be here tying alone.  He can handle it.

If you go fishing you may encounter bottom dwelling trout at first until the water warms.  The high temperature today is only going to be around 50 degrees.  That is much cooler than what we have been used to lately.  This has been an unusually warm winter.  Tomorrow will be a little warmer.

Quill Gordons and Blue Quills have been hatching though that seems to have diminished some since the water cooled off.  Brown stoneflies are also on the water.  I would start today with nymphs and maybe switch to dry flies later this afternoon.  It’s hard to say what to expect.  Typically, the action gets better when the water warms to 50 degrees or above.  That may not happen today.  It will next week.  We are going to have some beautiful fishing weather starting Monday with warm temperatures at night and during the day.

Fishing was good yesterday despite the howling wind.  Bill Henninger stopped by the shop before he went fishing.  He had a great day and caught a nice brown.  He called Paula to give us the news which we all really appreciate.  Thanks Bill.   

I can tell anglers are getting very interested in the fishing, especially in the Smoky Mountains right now.  I can tell by looking at our website traffic.  Yesterday we had 4,937 unique visitors.  This report was opened by 677 unique readers yesterday.  And I looked at the Message Board last night.  We had nearly 100 members log on during the day.  There were over 200 people or spiders looking at the Message Board when I checked last night.

I was going to take off Monday and get the boat ready for Spring.  I planned to take the gas tanks to town and buy some 100% brand new gas, about 12 gallons which will last many fishing trips in our boat.  Then I planned to wash and wax the boat and run the motor for a few minutes.  I tuned it up and changed the oil last Fall.  Well, I got an e-mail from Bill Reed, National Sales Manager at Orvis.  They want to talk to me about some ideas they have.  They even offered to pay me $150 for an hour of my time.  I turned that down.  They wouldn’t charge me for an hour of their time.  But, they want to do it on Monday.  So, I guess I’ll take care of the boat on Tuesday.

There is a lot of new exciting news that I will tell you about on Monday when there is a larger audience.  I got a call yesterday from my favorite newspaper reporter.  I told her she would have to wait too.  She always asks me if a meeting is public.  If I tell her no, she won’t show up.  If I tell her yes, she is there every time.

Well, things are getting started so I better get going.

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

Byron Begley
February 25, 2012

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