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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 27 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It feels like Winter again.  That won’t last long.

Little River is flowing at 658 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 324 cfs.  The water temperature was 40.7 degrees at 8:00 am.

Fishing is slow for now.  The streams in the Great Smoky Mountains are cold.  The trout and aquatic insects are sluggish.  This has been a strange week.  We started out warm but snow was melting from the higher mountains keeping the water on the chilly side.  Fishing was fair to good for one day then it became slow again.

If you go today, use nymphs and get them down deep.  Try a Tellico, Prince, Pheasant Tail or Hare’s Ear.  Be on the lookout for a hatch.  It could be Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons or Blue Quills.  I don’t know if that will happen or if you will be in the right place but be ready with some dry flies.

It is going to start warming up again in the Smokies.  Today’s high will be around 48 to 50 degrees.  Tomorrow we are expecting a high of 63 degrees.  Saturday looks to be in the high 60’s.  Right now the Weather Service is predicting warm temperatures next week.

There is rain on the way or a good chance for it starting this weekend.  The odds are 40% to 60%.  We really don’t need any more rain right now. 

There is no doubt that fishing will improve over the next few days.  To what extent, we can only speculate.  Warm rain will certainly raise the water temperature.  Right now the water temperature is 40 degrees.  It needs to be at least 50 degrees for fishing to get a lot better.  What day that will happen is elusive.  I’ve been wrong a lot lately.  With highs in the 60’s and lows around 50 degrees this weekend, something good has to happen.  Next week should be awesome.

It seems like every time I check the weather websites I see something different.  Our Angler’s Spring with bugs hatching and trout rising is all dependent on water temperature.  Looking at the forecast for the next few days indicate that must happen then.

Last year, everything was different in our little world.  Fishing was excellent.  Spring hatches began in February.  We were in the midst of the warmest Spring on record.  Everyone was out there fishing and enjoying the warm temperatures.  Here we are in mid-March with frost on the ground.

Actually, what we have now is more normal.  How soon we forget.  Our days will come soon, very soon.

I’m getting ready.  I was off yesterday.  I had oil changed in my truck.  I had 4,000 miles on the last oil change.  That was done last October.  I can’t believe I drove that many miles in 6 months.  Where did I go?

Yesterday was the first day in a month that I drove to town (Maryville/Alcoa).  This week I’ll clean out my truck and load up boat stuff.  I tied flies yesterday, not to sell in the shop, but flies to fish with.  I’ll wash the boat and make sure the engine is running sometime this weekend or early next week.  It should run great.  I serviced it last Fall.  I’m going to clean fly lines and loop on some new leaders.  I keep 6 fly rods strung up and ready to go.  I haven’t used a rod tube in years.  Now I’m really getting excited.

Customers are getting excited too.  We have been busy at the shop.  You are getting ready too.

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

Byron Begley
March 14, 2013

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