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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 5:57 am, the temperature is 32.5 degrees. It should be mostly sunny today with a high temperature of 50 degrees. Tonight will be cold, with temperatures hovering around the freezing point. Warm days and nights will return tomorrow. Through the weekend, highs in the 60’s and 70’s with lows in the high 30’s to 50’s are predicted.
Little River is flowing at 222 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.85 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 407 cfs. The water temperature is 45.7 degrees this morning.
Fishing in the Smoky Mountains will be slower today due to the cold water. Tomorrow should be about the same. Beginning Tuesday, the water will warm if the weather forecast holds true, and fishing will improve through the week. We have a chance for rain Thursday, Friday and Sunday.
Fishing was better Saturday, than predicted because the air was warmer than the weather forecasts indicated. I did not talk to any returning anglers yesterday. I stayed at home. The water temperature started the day near 54 degrees and dropped all day. Late yesterday I checked, and the water temp was 50 degrees. Fishing was probably slower yesterday.
Right now, next weekend looks much better, though things can change, as they did this weekend. When the water temperature reaches 50 degrees, trout will become active. I got an e-mail from one reader of this report who did well Saturday in the higher elevations. He said the water temperature was 50 degrees, where he fished. I think he caught about 20 trout, but I’m going by memory.
You have some wade fishing opportunities on the Clinch River today. According to the TVA website, the generators will be off from 9 am until 7 pm. Check it yourself before you go.
The lake fishing should improve soon, or maybe it has. I heard white bass moved into the creeks. It is early for that kind of activity. I’m working every day so I have not been to a lake this year. I wonder what the smallmouth bass are doing. They will probably move into shallow water earlier than usual this year. Everything in the wild is early this year.
The trees are blooming earlier than usual. I think the redbuds are blooming 3 weeks earlier than usual here at our house.
Yesterday, a wild turkey gobbler “fanned and strutted” right outside my office window. He was surrounded by hens and was probably showing off. That is the first time I’ve seen that this Spring. I have not seen that bird this year. Where has he been? He is huge. Almost every day, four other gobblers visit the wooded area behind our house. I think they are 2 or 3 years old. The gobbler’s heads have become bright red. They will be mating soon.
Another group of about 20, 1-year old hens visit every day. There is a smaller group of jakes who come by daily. They are feeding on millet and sunflower seeds I spread on the ground to feed birds.
I have to throw seed out about 3 times each day, because the turkeys come in and eat it all. They leave nothing for the chickadees, titmice, doves, cardinals, downy woodpeckers and other birds.
I have talked before about the old hen. She spends the day nearby, waiting for me to throw more seed on the ground. If there is food to be eaten, she is behind the house all day long. She is a loner. That hen has been alone all Winter. She has become accustomed to me. I’ve been within 10 feet of her many times. Ten feet is her limit. I can’t get closer than that. She knows I have the food. She has figured out my daily habits. But, when I’m out there tossing grain on the ground, she walks just ahead of me, keeping that distance.
Sometimes I stop and stare at here, just a few feet away. She stares right back at me, waiting to see what I will do next.
I think there are about 35 to 40, different turkeys that visit the woods behind our house. When I walk outside, they all either walk, run or fly away. Not her. She walks around, staying a few feet from me, but never runs or flies. When I leave, she starts eating again. When she is there, and other turkeys arrive to eat, she does not leave. She ignores them. Those birds are interesting, and beautiful.
One thing we have not seen so far this Spring is a bear. I’ve heard they are out of their dens and hungry. They may be coming around here at night. Neither Paula or I have seen one. I’m kind of surprised. It probably won’t be long before we start seeing them again.
I bought and placed a new mineral rock behind the house for the deer. They have been licking a mineral block to the point, it’s about gone. This new rock weighs about 20 pounds and it contains 40 essential minerals deer need for their health and good antler growth.
This is not some artificial, man-made block. It is actually a rock, mined from the ground in a western state. I can’t remember which one. One thing that surprised me is, the doves like it. It must contain salt. Doves like salt.
Daybreak has arrived. I opened the blinds and looked out. It is very foggy. I can see two pair of crows on the ground, eating something. I heard them squawking earlier. We are going to have a couple of chilly days and nights in the Smoky Mountains. Then we will be back to abnormal.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
Respond to: Byron@littleriveroutfitters.com
Reel prices vary greatly. Almost all fly reels are made from aluminum. The lower priced reels are usually cast in a mold, filled with molten aluminum. Inexpensive reels often have a less expensive anodized finish. They are usually heavier.
More expensive reels are machined from bar stock aluminum. This method is accurate. The tolerances are close. Machining can remove more aluminum, making the reel lighter while still remaining strong. The more machining, the more expensive the reel, and the lighter it is. High priced reels usually have a nicer anodized finish, that costs more.
Paula and I each have nice tarpon reels made to cast a 12 weight fly line. Mine is a less expensive reel. It works great. I love it. I’ve caught or fought big tarpon on that reel. The only problem is, it weighs 16 ounces. That is a one-pound reel. She has a nicer Tibor Gulfstream. It has the same capacity as mine. Hers weighs 10.9 ounces. Am I going to buy a reel like hers? No! I’m too cheap for that.
Rod manufacturers continue to make technological advancements in materials. Fly rods are becoming lighter. They have slimmer blanks, while being stiff and strong, to save weight. Like reels, lighter rods cost more.
Fly fishermen are more comfortable with a balanced rod and reel outfit. That basically means, when you are holding your fly rod by the grip, it does not feel tip heavy or butt heavy. It balances. Will having a perfectly balanced outfit make you a better fly fisherman? No, it won’t.
You can visit the Reel Category at our Online Store by CLICKING HERE. We sell fly reels made by Orvis, Ross and Waterworks Lamson. My practical advice is to stay within your budget and find a reel you will enjoy. If you plan to fish for big game species, buy one with a good drag system. The reels shown in the photo above were picked by me today because they are reasonably priced.
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