Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 11, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Byron is taking a much needed day off today. I doubt "day off" is accurate. I should state it that Byron is not coming into the Shop today. It is cloudy here in Townsend this morning but we are still waiting on the rain they have been predicting. There is a chance of rain for the next several days.

Water levels are great. They are below normal but not much. The streamflow gauge has been going up over the last 24 hours which I assume is from snowmelt. Water temps haven't suffered much. The Little River at the Swinging Bridge in Townsend was still 46F this morning. While water temps are holding steady they are still cool in the morning. The best fishing right now will be mid-day on into the afternoon.

We have been getting some good fishing reports over the last several days. Bugs are starting to hatch in the Smokies. You will still catch more on nymphs and wet flies, but I know for me it is hard not to tie on a big dry fly. Quill Gordons in #10 & #12, Blue Quill in #16 - #20, Blue Wing Olives in #16 - #20. Parachute Adams in all sizes are a great way to go. The hatches haven't been large and have been a bit sporadic. Even just the possibility of bugs gives us hope and points to warmer days and rising trout.

If you do head to the mountains or the tailwaters this weekend.... don't forget your fishing license. The new 2010 licenses went into effect on March 1. Time to renew if you haven't yet.

Cades Cove Loop Road is closed to ALL access for the next several months as they completely overhaul the road bed. That means Abrams Creek is a no go unless you want to go to the Abrams Creek Ranger Station and hike up to the better water. There are pleanty of other good streams. Maybe after a couple of months of rest, the trout in Abrams will be nice and amiable and looking to eat some flies.

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

Daniel Drake
March 11, 2010 

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