Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 28, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast with sun breaking through the clouds periodically.  Earlier the sky was ominous.  Wind blew like crazy earlier.  Little River warmed up from yesterday morning.  The water is 48 degrees in town right now.  There has been a noticeable decline in traffic in the mornings on weekends.  Since Cades Cove is closed I’m guessing less people are driving to the Park in the mornings.

We have a 90% chance for rain today.  Fishing might be pretty good but watch out for that wind.  Earlier, limbs were falling in the forest.  The water level in Little River looks good right now though it is higher than normal.  Normal for this date is 301 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Right now the flow is 406 cfs.  The water is clear.

Fishing for the past two days seems to have slowed down.  That is probably because the water has cooled.  Yesterday morning the air temperature was 32 degrees early and this morning it is  58 degrees.  Here comes that wind again.  I don’t know, I wouldn’t want to be in the woods right now.  Maybe later.

Chuck had a couple of beginner fly fishing students on the water yesterday afternoon.  They saw hatches but the trout were not rising.  I’ve heard the same thing from several anglers over the past two days.  What hatches you do see will be primarily Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  You might see a Blue Wing Olive hatch.  Be prepared for dry fly and nymph fishing.  Use a double rig, dry on the top and a nymph or wet fly trailing behind and below.  Maybe today will be good to anglers.

The coming week is going to be gorgeous.  Thursday through Sunday will offer us highs in the mid 70’s to 80 degrees.  Lows at night will be in the mid to high 40’s and even in the 50’s on Sunday.  There is only a slight chance for rain each day.  Fishing should be great!

I talked to the owner of a new fly shop in Cherokee, North Carolina yesterday.  His name is Steve Mingle and the shop is called Rivers Edge.  He has another store in Spruce Pine, North Carolina.  I talked to him about Troutfest briefly.  He seemed busy.  I wish him well.  It’s good to see a new fly shop open.  That’s been rare lately.

The sky is clearing but the wind has not stopped.  It’s kind of a weird day.  I can’t tell you if you should go fishing in the Park today or not.  If you do have a great time and be careful. 

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

Byron Begley
March 28, 2010

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