Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 10, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast in Townsend and we’ve had a few sprinkles.  The temperature is 52 degrees.  Feels like Spring to me.  The water temperature in Little River climbed to 46 degrees by this morning.  The river will get warmer as we move through the week. The rivers are up some probably due to snow melt.

There is a good chance for rain every day through Sunday.  The high and low temperatures this week will improve conditions by the day unless we get too much rain. 

Bugs are hatching.  Anglers are reporting hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives.  There has been some dry fly action but the “real thing”, big hatches with trout rising everywhere has not happened as far as we can tell.  It may happen this week or by the weekend.

Since fishing activity on the surface should occur in the afternoons, using a dropper fly under your dry would be a good idea.  Or you could fish nymphs by themselves either by using a double rig or just one nymph.  Try a Pheasant Tail, Tellico Nymph, Copper John or Prince Nymph.  Or, try a combination of any two.  Wet flies such as the Quill Gordon Wet should work.  When the trout start rising to dry flies, switch to them.

Everyone is excited about the Spring fishing.  We are too.  It has been a long, tough winter in the Smokies and in other areas all around us.  Spring is weeks away in the Northeast and Midwest areas of our country.  We’ll be seeing folks from there down here by the weekend.

Our business is really picking up.  We are glad about that. 

We should see trees and wildflowers blooming very soon, probably this week.  There are no cold nights with freezing temperatures in the forecast for the next 10 days. That may not hold true for the higher elevation mountains.  As of this morning we have 31 inches of snow at Mount Leconte.  Newfound Gap is reporting 14 inches.  Much of that snow has already melted with more to come this week. If you seek brookies in the high elevation streams you will encounter cold water.  That may be fine.  You should see more aquatic insect activity in the lower elevation streams.

Get ready for the fun.  It’s beginning to happen.

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

Byron Begley
March 10, 2010 

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