Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and a cool 40 degrees this morning in Townsend.  It was supposed to get colder last night.  It is quiet in town today as it was yesterday.  Cooler temperatures and the threat of rain are keeping visitors away.  It is going to be a wet weekend, which for some people is a negative.  For anglers, it is a positive.

Little River is flowing lower than normal despite the ½ inch of rainfall we got night before last.  The level did spike up temporarily but dropped back down.  Currently the flow is 276 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 356 cfs.  The water temperature was 49 degrees at 8:20 am this morning.  The water is clear.

I was off yesterday and I have not talked to anyone at the shop yet to find out what the fishing was like over the past two days.  It should be good.  This cloud cover will be a good thing.  The water temperature is a little on the cool side.  It should warm up some today.  We are expecting a high of 61 degrees but no sun.  The rain should be fairly warm and flush food into  the streams.  You might do well with a dark San Juan Worm during periods of rain this weekend.  Otherwise, I would try a dark mayfly imitation and attach a bead head fly as a dropper.  Then, make adjustments as necessary.  Getting a nymph deeper might be best.

I’m looking at the weather for other fly fishing destinations where I like to fish.  It is 27 degrees in West Yellowstone.  They are expecting 2 to 4 inches of snow.  It is even colder in Roscoe, New York, 20 degrees.  The low will be 15 tonight.  It is 30 degrees in Dutch John, Utah and they are expecting light snow.  It is 48 degrees in Port Saint Joe, Florida.  They should see a high of 74 today and no chance for snow.  I’d like to be there.  Maybe this morning I would pick Key West.  The high there today will be 81 degrees. 

I stayed home yesterday and tied some crawfish patterns.  I’m using 44 pound mono and Clear Cure Goo to form a lip to improve the action.  It will wiggle when retrieved.  I also plan to put some rattles in a few.  The claws are made by tying in some pine squirrel zonkers.  They are so thin, the won’t flare out much if any when the fly is retrieved.  To solve that problem I applied some Goo on the bases of each zonker strip to stiffen them up.  You could use 5 minute epoxy too.  The claws are spread out but the action will be good above the point where the goo was applied.  They are stiff at the base and they will wiggle from there up.  I just showed one to Alex Quick.  Alex runs the Fly Fishing Program at Blackberry Farm.  He liked the fly.  And he was dropping off their donation to Troutfest.  Thank you to the folks at Blackberry Farm and Dancing Bear Lodge.

We still have openings for Troutfest Volunteers.  You can sign up for a 4 hour shift.  Your work at Troutfest will be turned in with the total.  It counts as an in-kind donation.  And that can be leveraged several times to obtain grants that require matching funds.  So, working 4 hours at Troutfest nets the Park a lot of money for fisheries projects.  They could not do what they do without Troutfest.  Last year we raised $45,000 cash and no telling how many hundreds of hours of volunteer labor at this one event.  You can sign up online by CLICKING HERE.  Or you can contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ron Becker by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
March 25, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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