Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 15, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 43 degrees this morning in Townsend.  Traffic is very light as expected.  Rain and snow-melt has filled the streams in the Smokies.  Rainfall for the first two weeks of March is down from normal but the water level is way up from normal.  Some of that is due to snow melting.  Timing also is a factor.  We were really dry early in the month.

Little River is flowing at a rate of 741 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 312 cfs.  The water temperature right now is 44 degrees in town.  The weather forecast is predicting rain today and a high of 48 degrees.  They say we’ll have lows in the high 30’s and highs between 55 and 60 over the next 5 days.  Rain is likely today then that chance tapers off tomorrow and through the next few days.  The rivers will drop and the fishing will get somewhat better.

I would fish streamers and large weighted nymphs today based on what I saw this morning down at the swinging bridge.  We have a lot of water in these rivers and streams.  You might find some suitable water for dry fly fishing but I wouldn’t spend a lot of time trying, I would fish with some weight and bulk.  The sky is overcast, the water is high and that is a good time to chunk big stuff. Be careful wading.

We’ve been busy.  We’re happy about that.  It has been a long, tough winter in the fly fishing business for all of us in the Southeast, Midwest and Northeast.  We’ve all talked about it for weeks.  Fishing is still not underway in much of the Country.  Spring is still far off elsewhere.  But, the Southeast is coming on strong.

A lot of anglers were in the shop this weekend but many opted not to fish.  They were shopping and hanging around. I worked most of the day, yesterday, downstairs talking to customers.  That’s the most fun part of this job.  I wish I could do it more.  There were only three of us here yesterday.  Building and servicing the website is fun too.  I like doing that but nothing beats talking to a customer.

I’ve been spending a lot of time on Troutfest too.  In fact, I just got a call from a food vendor.  I’ll call her back after I finish with this report.  The person who usually handles the vendors for Troutfest decided he didn’t want to do it anymore and I was about the only person left on the committee who could do it.  Vendors call to talk and we need someone who is able to communicate with them at any time.  That would be me.  Yesterday I talked to a fine artist for a while. I have enjoyed working with the vendors and exhibitors. Most of my time though has been spent on marketing Troutfest.  Now that is time consuming.  I’ll probably do both next year but turn the job of Chairman over to someone else.

Thank you for being here and have a great day.

Byron Begley
March 15, 2010


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