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


Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is clear and 26 degrees in Townsend this morning.  When I drove home last night I could see white mountains and especially white rooftops in every direction.  Yesterday was a beautiful day.  It snowed, heavy at times, but down here in the valley, the snow did not stick.  Like a line drawn on the hills at about 1,800 feet elevation, everything was white above.  Yesterday was a special day.

We were slow here yesterday.  I think lots of anglers were fishing on the Clinch and Holston Rivers.  I don’t blame them.  They got a shot and they probably took it. 

Little River is flowing at 344 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 311 cfs.  The water temperature is 37.5 degrees.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains will be slow today.  The water is just too cold for much trout activity. If you decide to go, use nymphs and get them down deep.  If we had adult mayfly hatches today I would be surprised.

It was exactly 20 years ago today that the snowstorm of the century pounded the Eastern United States.  It was awful.  I had not lived here long.  I measured over 30” of snow at our house.  Snowfall amounts up to 4 feet were measured in the Smokies.  I saw the coverage of that storm on the Weather Channel website this morning.  Wow, things were different back then.  The cars and trucks looked different. 

We’ve got one more cold night and some rain to get through on Tuesday, then, the warm-up will begin.  By the weekend, expect highs in the mid to high 60’s.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s starting Saturday.

This warm weather will increase the water temperature in our stream significantly.  It will happen gradually but it will happen.  Fishing is going to be much better, maybe good, and maybe excellent.  Once the water temperature rises above 50 degrees, the complete aquatic ecosystem will come alive in the mountains and downstream in the lowland rivers.  Trout will be active eating Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  Smallmouth bass will start moving around.  Crawfish will start moving around too. 

This may not happen on Saturday or maybe it will.  I’m not good at judging water temperatures based on air temperature.  The water is very cold right now.  50 degrees is 13 degrees from here.  I do know fishing will improve.  It appears these warm conditions will be sustained through Tuesday at least.  Who knows from there.  My guess is, it will stay warm, fishing will be good and there is always a chance for a cold snap.  We have had hard freezes in April.

TVA has scheduled the discharge on the Clinch River below Norris Dam to be off between 1:00 pm and 5 pm today.  That’s better.  They also indicate no generation at Cherokee Dam between non and 5 pm. Good!  Douglas is going to be churning water.  You may have some fishing opportunities today.  Check with TVA’s website for updated information before you go fishing.  Be careful and have fun.

Well, your best bet might be a tailwater today.  The Smokies are beautiful so visit here.  The water is ice cold.  Good times are coming soon but not soon enough for me.

UPDATE 12:18 PM - SOME ROADS IN THE PARK ARE CLOSED AND SOME HAVE RE-OPENED. RIGHT NOW LAUREL CREEK ROAD AND CADES COVE LOOP ROAD ARE OPEN. LITTLE RIVER ROAD FROM SUGARLANDS TO THE TOWNSEND "Y" IS CLOSED. PLEASE CHECK THE GSMNP TWITTER SITE FOR UDATES.
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Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
March 3, 2013

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