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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is sunny and cold, 29 degrees this morning in Townsend.  It feels like winter again.  Don’t worry, the high today is expected to be 70 degrees. 

Little River is flowing low for this time of year at 247 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.97 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 396 cfs.  The water temperature dropped last night.  Right now it is 46 degrees.

Fly fishing has been very good.  Great water temperatures are the reason.  Yesterday, Little River’s temperature peaked at about 53 degrees.  Today is the coldest the water has been since exactly one week when it fell to about 40 degrees. 

You will probably enjoy good fishing today if you wait until the afternoon.  Give the water a chance to warm some. 

We are seeing hatches of many different species of aquatic insects.  Of most importance to us right now are Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  The hatches are occurring in the afternoons for the most part, depending of course on where you are and when.  There is no way to predict when and where it will happen.  Sometimes it does and sometimes it doesn’t.  But, you are most likely to find them now.  You are most likely to have some good dry fly action in the afternoon hours. 

The weekend looks good.  After a high temperature today of near 70, a low tonight of around 44 and a high tomorrow of 68, we’ll see the water warm to provide very good fishing conditions.  We may get some rain tomorrow and gusty winds at times.  It will be cloudy, hopefully most of the day.  That, along with warm water will be beneficial for us fly anglers, fishing in the Smokies.

Have some Quill Gordon, Blue Quill, Dark Caddis and Blue Wing Olives in your fly box to cover any potential dry fly fishing opportunities.  Switch to nymphs or wet flies if the trout are not taking dries. 

Josh Pfeiffer of Frontier Anglers sent me word that the Holston, below Cherokee Dam is fishing well.  He and some clients had a good day using black flies. 

Not much has been said about the smallmouth bass fishing in the rivers except for a friend or two who had some luck a few days ago.  Tomorrow might be a good day for that kind of action.  The water will be warmer downstream and the overcast conditions will be favorable.  It would be nice if the water were higher.  Flows we have now are more like summer than early spring. 

The 10-day forecast indicates cooler temperatures and a good chance for rain starting Sunday and extending through Saturday March 29th.  Rainfall might catch up with normal.  Right now, we are 1.6 inches below normal for the year.

I didn’t realize it. There is more than one plug for trailer wiring.  There is no standard.

Paula and I assembled our new kayak trailer and found that the electrical plug would not fit my truck.  The boat trailer does.  What’s going on here?  I looked at the wiring harness on her new Outback.  It’s different.  I think the kayak trailer might plug into her car but the boat trailer won’t. 

What I have is a compatibility issue.  I took photos of each plug, male and female.  So now, I’ll take the kayak trailer, my truck, the boat and the photos to get all the plugs and adapters changed so they all match.  Luckily, my trailer expert is only about 12 miles from here.  The baseline used for the decision will be the Subaru since it is new.  Those new Outbacks have all kinds of state of the art electronics.  I don’t want to mess that up.  My old Suburban has a more basic electrical system.  It is 13 years old.  

One positive that came out of this effort was, learning how to wire a trailer.  I’ve never done that before.  There is nothing hard about it, as long as it works.  I guess we’ll find out soon enough.

There is always some exciting problem if you own boats and trailers.  Some things you can fix yourself.  Others require experts.  Sometimes I wish Townsend had a few more services, like a Mercury Outboard dealership.  On the other hand, they would fail quickly and we would have a vacant building to admire. 

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

Byron Begley
March 21, 2014

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