Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 12, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy in Townsend this morning.  The temperature is 50 degrees.  Flocks of robins have arrived.  I bet I saw 100 yesterday all at the same time.  That is certainly a sign that Spring is near and it is.  The time will change Sunday as we spring forward.  This will give us an extra hour after work to go fishing.

Snow is melting fast in the mountains.  The streams are responding with higher water levels of cool water.  Little River is flowing at 2.75 feet or 515 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 340 cfs.  The water is a little high so be careful wading in the streams.  You wouldn’t want to fall in. 

The water is cold and swift.  The water temperature is remaining constant  from one morning to the next, 46 degrees.  Aquatic insects are hatching as expected.  Anglers are seeing some small dark stoneflies, Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives.

Trout are not sipping the dry flies well but they are taking some off the surface.  That will improve each day as the trout become accustomed to feeding on top.  The high temperature today will be in the mid 60’s.  Then it will cool off a little over the next few days.  It appears the weekend will bring high temperatures in the mid 50’s with a chance for rain.  The highest possibility of rain over the next week is today.  We will have thunderstorms this afternoon.  It will be interesting to see what this warm rain and air will do to the water level in the streams. 

Well, this is what we have been waiting for, Spring fishing conditions in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

I would use a gray colored mayfly dry and a nymph used as a dropper.  You may see some hatches in the lower elevations and maybe up high too.  The hatches will be sporadic and trout may or may not be rising to them.  If they are not you will probably catch trout on the dropper fly.  That could be a Quill Gordon Wet, Pheasant Tail or any other dark nymph or wet fly.

I am at home today working on the Little River Journal.  I usually have to write and lay it out here where I don’t have interruptions.

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

Byron Begley
March 12, 2010

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