Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 9, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny in Townsend and 46 degrees this morning.  Traffic is light as it would be this time of year on a weekday.  It looks and feels like Spring.  Daffodils are blooming, robins are hopping, turkeys are gobbling and bugs are hatching.  Yep, the Spring hatches have begun.  Anglers are seeing Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  The fish are not rising to them much. 

The water is still cool as I found out first hand last night.  I went fishing after work and had a hard time finding a place to fish.  There were a lot of anglers on the water in my favorite places.  I did find a spot that required wading into deep water so I could reach the other side.  I found, that my waders were leaking.  I looked at them and realized I grabbed the wrong pair.  These will be patched so that doesn’t happen again.  I didn’t stay in the water long and went home with wet jeans.

It is going to be warm and the fishing will only improve.  I talked to a lot of people yesterday who have been fishing.  They are catching trout except for two guys I talked to.  But the fish are not close to being in a feeding frenzy action just yet.  Most of the people I talked to caught their trout below the surface.  A couple of guides from Blackberry Farm went late yesterday afternoon.  I didn’t get to talk to them when they returned.  Josh said he fished night before last and did well.

Rain is coming.  Bring it on.  That will help.  We need a good warm rain.  Warmth is coming too.  Actually it is already here.  Through Friday the highs will be in the upper 60’s during the day and around the mid 40’s at night.

So, it’s a matter of time and the fishing will get red hot.  We are all looking forward to that.  It may happen this week, maybe not.  The water temperature will determine that and I’m not good enough at guessing when that will happen.  Remember, there is still snow in the higher mountains.

The Little River Journal has not gone out yet.  I have to sit down for a couple of days without interruptions to make that happen.  I usually put the Journal together at home.  We are short handed and behind.  Troutfest deadlines have put me behind.  I got everything done with Troutfest and I won’t have to worry about that for a while. But, Daniel is still off, Paula and I have had doctor appointments and we are just in a pinch right now.  So, the Journal will be late.  Sorry, I’ll get to it soon.

If you are a fish artist, rod builder/maker, fly shop or wildlife artist, Troutfest will be a great place for you to sell your work.  We have outside booth space for $50 for the weekend.  Inside a big tent is $100 for the weekend.  For more information go to by clicking on the image below and choose “Vendors” from the menu.  Or send me an e-mail, or both.

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

Byron Begley
March 9, 2010

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