The Arrival of Spring

Daffodils near an old cabin at Elkmont in the Smokies

Last time we checked it was still February, but it looks as if the spring weather is here to stay. Yesterday I was fishing Little River and the daffodils were in full bloom in front of the old Townsend cabin near the Little River trailhead. It’s not just flowers either. We’ve had several thunderstorms this week, another unmistakable sign of spring.

It looks like we’re in for a slight cool down to around average for a day or two this weekend, but the extended forecast into March calls for temperatures in the 50’s or 60’s. Once we get into March we can always have a return to winter weather, but they are usually less severe and short in duration.

The dry fly fishing continues and I’m sure the nymphing is good too, it’s just that I haven’t really done much of it lately.

I don’t have a ton of fish pics from yesterday because I was fooling with some video. Here’s a little bit of what I got. I’m looking forward to being able to use this in all sorts of applications on our web site.


Charity continues to keep us updated from Patagonia. The weather has been comfortable, but there has been some exceptionally strong wind just about every day.

Charity with a Rio Caleufu rainbow trout

Charity with a nice rainbow caught on a small white streamer on the Rio Caleufu

Charity at Lake Lanin, Argentina

Charity at the edge of Lake Lanin

Lanin Nacional Parque

I don’t speak much Spanish, but I can tell exactly what the fishing regulations are here

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  1. Collin,
    All the trout in South America are transplants, but they are wild. It has a very similar climate and geography to the Northern Rockies.

  2. Ian, are rainbows native to Patagonia or are they transplants?

  3. is it possible that black caddis flies were hatching Thursday? I saw tons! But nobody believes me.

    • Sure that’s possible. They hatch sporadically through the winter and hatch best in early spring. The fish don’t seem to get on them quite the way they do them mayflies, though.