Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 21, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Clouds are moving into our area.  Rain is on the way at some point today.  There was hardly any traffic on the streets this morning.  I probably saw two cars.  When I stopped at the swinging bridge to take the water temperature I ran into an old buddy who is often there when I am.  I don’t know his name.  He lives in Alabama, but has a house on the other side of the river where he spends several weeks each year.  He will turn 91 years old next month.  I’ve been talking to him for years.  The water temperature is 48 degrees, up a couple of ticks from what it has been each morning.

Fishing is good at times, especially in the lower elevation streams.  Hugh Hartsell came back from a guided trip yesterday and told me his client started catching trout around 2:00 pm.  Before that, it was slow.  The bugs really started hatching, the trout got active but they had to leave.  I talked to a lot of other anglers who had a slow morning.  Those who experienced good fishing, did so in the afternoon.  I bet the evening was good as well.

Right now you should use grey dry flies in sizes #12 to #16.  A Quill Gordon or Blue Quill would be a good choice.  Blue Wing Olive dry flies might be the choice at times.  Try an #18 dry.  Dropping a Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Quill Gordon wet fly behind your dry is another good idea.  Stay hidden, get a good drift and you should do well, especially later in the day.

Little River Road is still closed from Townsend to Metcalf Bottoms due to the rock slide.  They are working on it now.  Hopefully, it will re-open today.  I would not plan on that.  Engineers have to check the mountain side to see if any more work needs to be done to avert future slides. 

Temperatures are going to be warm over the next few days.  Fishing will get better.  One problem looms in our short term future, rain and wind.  This system will arrive sometime today, increase in intensity tonight and persist through tomorrow night.  The National Weather Service predicts gusty winds to 40 miles per hour and heavy rain.  The water level in most of the Smokies is already fairly high.  Flow in the Little River below the “Y” is currently 440 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 396 cfs.

I’m actually hoping we don’t get much rain.  Though we are behind normal rainfall for the year, a gulley washer at this point would not be good for us anglers.  The rivers might get blown out.

We have been slammed at the store.  Business has been great.  Yesterday and Friday there were only three of us working and our sales ratio per staff person was very high. That equates to less than desired service over time. Other than the three of us, Paula and Walter were teaching a class.  We’ll do some shifting around.  It seems like now we are over staffed on slow days and under staffed on busy ones.  I would like to see four or five people working on the floor on Friday and Saturday.  We’ll get that worked out by next weekend.

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

Byron Begley
March 21, 2010 

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