Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 16, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and fairly warm this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  It appears the rain is gone for a while.  Little River is dropping down closer to normal though a lot of water is flushing past her banks.  I saw one guy fishing off the big rock at the swinging bridge earlier.  I thought he had a big trout on but he was just hung on a rock or limb.  It kind of got the old adrenalin going though.  He was using a very light spinning outfit.  These guys are using smaller and smaller tackle every year and catching some big trout on them.

The flow this morning is 687 cubic feet per second (cfs).  That compares to median flow for this date of 340 cfs.  The water temperature is 44 degrees.  Today I would fish streamers and bigger weighted nymphs. That’s fun to do in the higher water and your chances of catching a large trout are better under conditions like we have now.  It is also overcast which will help.  As the water recedes and it is, you will find better dry fly fishing opportunities.  The bugs are hatching.  You should see Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Blue Wing Olives.

It’s going to get much better.  The weather forecast has changed in our favor.  By the weekend it’s going to feel like Spring to us and the trout.  Temperatures will be in the 60’s Thursday through Saturday.  The water will warm some and the trout will become more active.  I say that assuming the weather does what the forecasters predict.  It seems that can change in either direction and quickly this Spring. 

There is still some snow in the higher elevations.  It looks like we got more snow up there based on the report from Mount Leconte.  They were reporting 32 inches there yesterday morning.  So, depending on where the snow is, on which side of the peak and how much in a particular watershed, it is safe to assume that the snow melt will or will not have an effect on the water temperature or level.  Does that make sense?  I guess that’s my way of saying “I don’t know”. 

My best guess is, this weekend will be a good time to be fishing the Smokies.  If I were thinking about coming to the Smokies to fish this weekend, I would do it.  I don’t think I’ve said that this year yet.  We do have to remember that this is March, not April.  Things can change.

I’m meeting with Kent Edmonds in an hour.  He is a Sales Representative for several lines that we sell including Temple Fork and Rainy’s Flies.  He is also a nice guy and good friend.  We’ve been trying to get together for a few weeks.  Every time we try, it snows.  

Kent lives in Georgia and when he is not taking care of people like us, he is guiding clients on fly fishing excursions.  He works quite a bit at Calloway Gardens.  He is, in my opinion an expert warmwater and saltwater fisherman and an expert caster.  Kent came up with the Stealth Bomber.  That fly has created a huge amount of excitement among us warmwater fly fishermen around here and probably everywhere.  He keeps on improving and re-creating his foam creatures.  Bluegill and bass love them.  So do I. 

I watched Kent tie at Troutfest last year.  You should see him put bars on rubber legs.  I watched it, tried it and failed.  Maybe I missed something.  He twists the legs, holds the waterproof marker next to the rubber and lets it untwist adding the color bars like a woodworker using a lathe.

He will be tying at Troutfest this year and I will watch more closely. 

I better get this finished so Kent, Daniel and I can work.

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

Byron Begley
March 16, 2010



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