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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny, frosty and 24 degrees in Townsend this morning.  And welcome to the warmer temperatures that are on the way.  The snow on the lower elevation mountains melted yesterday except for one of the shaded slopes we can see from our house.  Higher up in the Smokies is different.  Yesterday morning, Mount LeConte reported 18 inches of snow on the ground.  Newfound Gap had 15 inches.  We won’t know what is up there now for at least an hour. 

Little River is flowing at 379 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 313 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am was 39.9 degrees.

Fishing in the Smoky Mountains has to be slow. I was off yesterday and stayed at home so I didn’t talk to any fishermen.  Relief is on the way.  The water temperatures are going to get warmer at some point.  The high temperatures today through Monday will be in the 50’s and 60’s.  Lows at night will be near freezing tonight but in the 40’s to 50’s beginning tomorrow.  We’ll have a couple of cool days and nights next week but for the most part, it will be warm.

Fishing this weekend would probably be great if the snow was not melting and running into the streams.  We will know more about that later.  Maybe the streams will be warm this weekend.  I doubt it.  The fishing will improve but just how much, I don’t know.

I do believe fishing will be good next week both in the Smokies and in the lowland rivers.  Right now, it is cold and the fishing has to be slow.

I bet the bugs are still hatching.  Once they start, they don’t stop.  This has been a very unusual Spring, especially compared to last year when the fishing was good in early February. 

There is one thing for sure.  Fly fishermen are ready to get out there and fish.  Next week, that will happen.  We’ll see some human activity this weekend too.  By the way, we will be closed Easter Sunday, one of 4 days we close every year.  We did close another day last month due to a snow storm.

I tied 2 dozen Bass Buggers yesterday and cleaned the “man cave”. Since I’m working on these flies, marabou is everywhere in that room.  I’ve been tying flies for us to use as well.  When we get some 50 degree water in Little River, I’ve got a new smallmouth bug to try.  It is called a Flathead.  I know it will work on lakes and ponds.  I don’t know if it will float in swift current.  I gave a few to Jack and I’ve got some for Paula and I to use.

Bill said he fished the Holston below Cherokeee Dam last weekend.  He caught some trout but it was cold and he didn’t fish very long.  We’ll see where he went this week.  Bill is working today.

Our other Bill is working today too.  We’ll have two Bills in the shop.  That happens every Thursday. 

There is no Townsend news to report on today.  I did read that Mount Leconte Lodge is open for business again.  The crew must have moved up there last weekend or before.  I guess the llamas have been busy packing linins and food to the lodge.  Llamas pack the stuff in and out.  The staff hike in and out.  They use a helicopter sometimes but most of the logistics involve hoofs and feet.  The whirlybird brings in the propane. 

Check out their “High On LeConte website by CLICKING HERE. It looks like Allyson is back.  She and her husband are living their dream, running that lodge.  Allyson has been a friend of ours for a long time.

I visit their site often and find it fascinating.  That link will take you to their “Daily Posts” page.  Wow, they have already posted today’s report.  The high temperature yesterday was 24 degrees.  The low was 10 degrees.  They don’t mention how much snow is still on the ground.  There is another website that will give us that information at about 10:00 am.

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

Byron Begley
March 28, 2013

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