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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast, gloomy and 57 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It has been windy too.  Last night there was a time when the wind blew really hard.  I could hear tree limbs falling while I was trying to sleep.  Traffic was heavy on the streets this morning.  That seemed odd.  A few tourists are here.  We had a very busy weekend at the shop.  A lot of anglers are fishing in the Park.

I ran into Rob Fightmaster in the parking lot this morning.  He has a guide service called Fightmaster Fly Fishing, CLICK HERE.  Rob does a great job.  He is a good friend.  He was meeting two clients from Kentucky.  Rob fished in the Park yesterday.  He said there were some aquatic insects on the water where he fished but no trout were rising.  He caught trout using nymphs.

Little River is flowing at 485 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 362 cfs.  The water temperature was 48.2 degrees at 7:55 am.

I was hoping the water temperature would rise to over 50 degrees yesterday in the lower elevations.  It didn’t happen.  Little River’s top temp yesterday was 49 degrees.  There was still some snow in the higher elevations yesterday morning and it melted all day.  I doubt if there is much left at this point. 

The high temperature today will be around 64 degrees.  The water will get warmer.  We are expecting rain this afternoon and tonight.  It is going to be windy, so if you go fishing in the Smokies be careful.  The barometer is falling.  Cold air is moving in.  We will have a couple of chilly days on Wednesday and Thursday.  Then, it will warm up again.  So far, the weekend looks good, highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s.  Next week looks great too.  Spring is here from an angler’s perspective.  We will have a few cold snaps but overall, the fishing conditions will be good over the next 10 days.

I photographed and added a reel to our online store yesterday.  It is the Waterworks Lamson Velocity in the Nickel finish.  For some reason we have never stocked these reels.  We have always sold the darker finished Velocity.  We have been getting our Spring orders and one just came from Lamson.  I forgot I ordered these.

I took about 20 pictures then pulled them into photoshop to clip the reels from the background.  These reels are beautiful and affordable.  I’m a big Speedster fan and I love the Guru, both made by Waterworks Lamson.  Of course the Litespeed is the ultimate reel.  But these Nickel Velocity reels are remarkable.  Take a look by CLICKING HERE and see what you think.

Our beginner fly fishing schools will start soon.  This is a great opportunity for someone to get started in fly fishing.  You can read about our school by CLICKING HERE.  We also have private instruction available.  Our classes are taught by Paula Begley, Walter Babb, Rob Fightmaster, Chuck Kline and Josh Pfeiffer.  You can call the store to reserve a space in our classes or set up a private instruction.

Of course, I’m wondering about the smallmouth bass fishing.  I get one day off each week and this week it will be Wednesday.  Paula and I were planning on going to one of the lakes to check out the water temperature and see if any smallies had moved into shallow water.  My guess is, it’s too early.  Wednesday is not going to be a good day to be on a lake.  It will be cool and windy.  I guess we’ll go next week.  The high temperature on that day is predicted to be 68 degrees.  They say the low will be 51 degrees.  That’s more like it.  I’ll spend this week’s day off tying flies for our upcoming smallmouth bass fishing. 

If we don’t get too much rain, the smallmouth bass fishing in the rivers may be good and you don’t have to worry about being blown off the lake in a boat.  So, give Little River or the Little Pigeon a try.

Hopefully, the tailwaters will be fishing well and have some reasonable generation schedules.  They should.  The lake levels are down to where they should be in many cases.  There are so many choices in East Tennessee to fish for trout in tailwaters.  The dams have been releasing a lot of water so far this year due to the rainfall that has been much more than normal. 

Whatever your preference, fishing is getting good in East Tennessee and anglers are ready and willing to go. 

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

Byron Begley
March 11, 2013

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