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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is cloudy and 42 degrees in Townsend this morning.  A few sprinkles hit my windshield on the way to work. 

You can tell Spring is coming soon.  Last night, on my way home, I noticed daffodils blooming in all the usual places.  When I got home, a flock of wild turkey hens, probably 20 of them were browsing in front of our house.  One lone gobbler was keeping an eye on them.  This morning on my way out there were still there.  This time, the gobbler was fanned out and strutting.  I haven’t seen that in a while. 

Warm temperatures are here for several days.  We’ll see highs in the 50’s and 60’s, even surpassing 70 degrees over the next few days.  We are experiencing temperatures higher than normal for March.

Little River is flowing at 244 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.96 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 389 cfs.  The flow conditions are perfect for dry fly fishing in the Smokies.

The water temperature at 8:05 am is 44 degrees.  We should see that number climb into the 50’s over the next few days.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is good and at times, excellent right now.  Guides are telling me about hatches of quill gordons and blue quills.  They are mentioning caddis and stoneflies.  And, they are talking about trout rising to the adults.  The conditions are right for that to happen.  The exciting thing is, it will get better this weekend.

Don’t expect to see lots of bugs on the water all day long.  That probably won’t happen.  Do expect to see aquatic insects on the water at times.

Trout may not always be feeding on these insects.  David Knapp said he lost count of the trout he caught Wednesday on the Middle Prong.  Yesterday, Brian Courtney was in here.  He saw plenty of quill gordons and blue quills on the water.  But, he didn’t see much surface feeding activity.  This is early Spring.  At times everything comes together.  At other times, you may be scratching your head.

You may see insects on the surface, but the trout may be feeding on subsurface emergers or nymphs.  If you suspect this activity, switch to a wet fly or nymph.  Move around.  Drive along the streams, pull over and watch.  Somewhere, especially in the afternoon, the fish are going to be feeding.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is going to be a awesome day.  The high is supposed to be around 64 degrees.  There is no chance for rain.  It may be partly cloudy.  It may be a little windy, up to 9 miles per hour.  Sunday looks good too, not quite as warm but still there is a low chance for rain, 30%.

Monday and Tuesday look great.  The high temperature Monday is expected to be 66 degrees and Tuesday will be warmer than that, over 70 degrees.  We will have some clouds, which is good and the chance for rain is low.

Lows at night will be in the 40’s through Monday and maybe 50 degrees Tuesday night.

Cooler weather will return Wednesday night and Thursday.

So, we’ve got some good fishing days ahead.  It’s been a tough Winter for us.  I think we deserve what we’re getting now. 

I’m sure we’ll have some good fishing reports for you over the next few days.

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

Byron Begley
March 7, 2014

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