Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 4, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 35 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The higher elevation mountains are blanketed with snow.  In the valley the snow has melted.  Townsend is quiet.  That will probably change this weekend.

We’ve got an “honest to goodness” warming trend in the making.  High temperatures during the day will reach and exceed 50 degrees Saturday through Tuesday and kick up to 60 degrees after that.  We’ll have lows in the 20’s through Saturday and the night temperatures will climb to the 40’s.  Maybe, this will last.

Fishing will improve.  It’s going to be dry until late next week so the tailwaters should be more angler friendly due to less generation.  The Park streams will warm up some.  The trout will become more active.  We may see some hatches too.  Be ready with Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives soon.  Nymphs and wet flies might work best at first.

Snow will be melting and entering the streams.  This will help the flow some but the ph will drop due to acid deposition.  This might temporarily slow down the fishing when that happens.  Maybe it won’t. Anyway, fishing is going to get better and fishermen will be out in droves.  Cabin fever is at a high level right now.  People want to get out.

It has been dry and it is showing in the streams.  Most are running at a lower flow than normal right now.  For instance, Little River’s flow rate is currently 217 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 336 cfs based on 44 years of data collected.  We are expecting more rain on Tuesday through Friday of next week.  Rainfall at the Knoxville Airport is down from normal year to date for the first time in a long time.  Precipitation year to date is 9.20” and normal for this date is 6.24”.

We don’t like that in the mountains but this is a blessing for the tailwater fishermen.  Months of above average rainfall has filled the lakes above the preferred level for this time of year.  As a result, constant heavy generation and spilling has kept wading anglers off the water for a while. 

So, this weekend and next week we will probably see a lot of fishing going on in East Tennessee.  It’s about time.

 Want to do something fun and beneficial Saturday Night?  You can see two films about fly fishing in Venezuela, Idaho, Florida, Alaska, New Orleans and Patagonia on the “Big Screen”.  This film presentation will be held in Oak Ridge at the Pollard Technology and Conference Center.  The tickets cost $15 and funding is used to benefit Casting For Recovery.  So, you will be able to enjoy an evening of great fly fishing and help women who are recovering from breast cancer.  The information is below.  Call 865-742-4143 for any additional information you need. 

This will get you primed for Spring.

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

Byron Begley
March 2, 2010

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