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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is very foggy and 42 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light on my morning commute.  I did see Frank, one of our fine police officers parked in a lot tracking my speed.  I doubt if he even points that radar at me.  He knows I drive slow.  I’m the second slowest driver in town, according to him.  Frank should have picked a better place to hide.  I spotted him a mile away. 

I checked the rain gauge this morning then unlocked the door to the shop.  The church bells started ringing.  They rang 8 times.  I get here between an hour to an hour and a half before opening time to write this report.

We got almost ½” of rain yesterday and last night.  The river is flowing a little stronger this morning at 401 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 361 cfs.  The water temperature was 43.5 degrees at 8:05 am.

I don’t know what to tell you about fishing in the Smokies.  I am hearing some fair reports, people catching a few trout.  Those reports are skewed by the fact that they are coming from some excellent, local anglers.  They always catch trout.  When they just catch a few, the fishing is slow.  If I got out there and caught a few, fishing would be good.

Some anglers who have been at the right place and time, have seen and participated in some really good hatches this week.  There have not been many of those to my knowledge.

It will be partly sunny and fairly warm today, 51 degrees thereabouts.  It will be warmer tomorrow, probably 67 degrees but it will most likely be raining.  Monday looks good with a predicted high temperature of 63 degrees.  Fishing is going to really “pick up”, I just don’t know when.  That water temperature needs to be at 50 degrees or higher.  It didn’t make it yesterday.

At issue is the snow in the higher elevations.  Yesterday morning, Mount LeConte reported 8 inches on the ground, down from 18” earlier in the week.  Newfound Gap reported 9 inches.  I’m sure the report that will be posted later this morning will indicate less snow.  Maybe it will all be gone by tomorrow morning.  Maybe it’s gone now.  If it is, the river temperatures will rise and fishing will be good. 

You will probably see hatches today.  The bugs will be present at times and at certain places.  Fish where there is sun on the water if the sun comes out today.  Those hatches could be Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons or March Browns.  There may be some brown stones on the water too.  Be ready to fish with nymphs or dry flies.  The dry fly action has been slow lately unless there are adult aquatic insects on the water.  When they are, trout are taking them even in the colder water.

David, one of our readers from Davenport, Iowa sent me this link yesterday.  It is awesome.  I guess he read that we are excited about the pair of bald eagles nesting somewhere near town.  We see the adult birds often.  In his hometown of Davenport, the same thing is happening on some land owned by the Aluminum Company of America (Alcoa).  The folks at Alcoa set up a webcam pointed at the nest.  You can see it by CLICKING HERE.

What you will see right now is mother eagle just looking around.  OK, now you can see one of her two eaglets.  Yesterday, I saw close-ups of the eaglets with mom looking around.  Apparently, this camera has a remote zoom.  There were also what appeared to be dead fish in the nest.  I don’t see them right now.  I guess they ate them.

When you arrive on this web page you will see a Livestream Video on the right and down just a little from the top.  Click on it.  Your high def video of this nest and the eagles will appear. Click on the button on the bottom right of the video that says “Medium”.  This will allow you to view the video at full screen and the quality is excellent.

Yesterday the camera was zoomed in on the babies at one point.  They are very young but moving around some.  If you are a wildlife fan like me, you will save this link as a “favorite”.  Thanks David for sharing this with all of us.

We will be closed tomorrow for the Easter holiday.

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

Byron Begley
March 30, 2013

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