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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains. It is dark, cloudy and 61 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Last night, the sky was very clear.  The partial moon and all the stars lit the sky.  It was a beautiful evening.  We see more stars here, than you do in most places, due to the fact, we don’t have much light pollution.  That is one of the benefits, of living next to a wilderness.  It’s something most people don’t think about. 

Little River is flowing at 271 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.11 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 348 cfs.  The water temperature at 6:27 am is 55.8 degrees.  Yesterday, the water temperature peaked at over 58 degrees.  58 degrees is what I think is the perfect temperature for trout activity.  The spring creek behind our house runs pretty much at 58 degrees all year. 

Fishing in the Smokies is excellent.  It’s really better than that.  I don’t remember a time, in the past 20 years, we have been in business, when the fishing was better.  We have perfect flow and perfect water temperature. 

I have had two friends tell me this week, they have caught 50 or more trout per day.  Bill told Danny, if he had fished as hard as he did when he was younger, he would have caught 150 trout, the day he fished this weekend.  Danny asked Bill how many he caught.  Bill told him he caught 15 per hour.

I’m not making this up.  These guys are not making it up.  Fishing is really that good.  These guys are good fishermen, really good.  Most people would not catch 15 per hour.  Bill is one of the best trout fishermen I know.  These are on the high side of reported results.

Some anglers are using nymphs, some are using dry flies and others are using a combination of both.  Dropping a small bead had nymph off a dry is a good practice right now.  There are hatches than may need to be matched with a similar fly.  Other times, trout are just looking for food.  Their metabolism is in high gear due to the water temperature.  When conditions change, fishing may not be this good. Right now, it is.

Today will be another warm day with a high temperature predicted to be 75 degrees.  It will be partly cloudy.  The only negative condition will be wind.  One weather website predicts wind at 13 miles per hour.

A cold front is moving in.  That might change our fishing results in a negative way, temporarily.  We have a 100% chance for rain and thunderstorms tonight. There is no mention in the weather forecast of heavy rain.  We have a 50% chance for rain tomorrow morning and it will be cooler, around 50 degrees.

Tomorrow night and Saturday night, temperatures will dip into the 20’s. The high temperature Saturday is expected to be in the mid 40’s.  Fishing could slow during that time.  Or, maybe it won’t.  That depends on the water temperature.  Beginning Sunday, it will warm again and the conditions will remain good until Saturday April 4th.

So, Friday and Saturday may be iffy, then fishing will probably be excellent again. Or, Friday and Saturday could offer great fishing.  It’s hard to say.

TVA will be churning water through Norris Dam again today.  You may be able to fish below Cherokee Dam.  Check the TVA website and see what you think.

Troutfest will be held on April 24th at the Hilton Knoxville Airport.  This will be a fundraiser banquet.  It will be fun and successful, as always. We usually sell tickets at our store but not this year for some reason I’m not aware of.  I did notice we donated a $500 gift card and some other gear.  I visited the website and all the information is there.  CLICK HERE to visit the Troutfest website.  You can buy your tickets there.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Great Smoky Mountains National Park’s fisheries program, the kids Trout Adventure Camp and Trout in the Classroom.

I worked in the boat house last night, painting the interior of our boat.  I should finish tonight.  All I have left, is painting the wood floors and bench seat tops, with non-skid paint.  Jack and I have a little work to do, mounting the new trolling motor.  We should be ready to fish next week.  The boat looks great.

Yesterday, I talked to a customer who I really like and found out he restores old boats.  I learned a lot about painting, things I wish I knew a month ago.  I was intrigued at the idea of restoring an old boat.  Ours was bought new 5 years ago.  I’m talking about something old, like a 40 year old Alumacraft.  Now that would be fun.

There are methods and websites, devoted to the hobby.  People actually treat the aluminum and polish it, to a point that looks almost like chrome, the way they were, in the day.  Stickers can be bought, that are identical to those used on the boats during that period. 

There are also people who restore old outboard motors.  Parts and graphics are available for them too.  You can buy paint, that matches the original colors of these motors.

I think, in my case, restoring the boat and buying a new motor might make more sense.  I hate getting stuck on a lake with a motor that won’t run.  It’s happened a few times in my life.  It’s not fun.  Even new motors don’t run sometimes.

Ethanol gasoline is the worst thing for boating since sharp, barely submerged and un-noticeable rocks.  I might add barely floating railroad ties to that list.  I hit one once, going wide open.  I’ve tried all the additives.  I even bought some 100% gasoline once that had water in it. 

So now, I’m buying 100% gasoline, from a reliable source and checking it a home for water and impurities.  I’ll add the additives and store it in the boat house.  I bought a 3 gallon fuel take this year, replacing the 6 gallon tank, to save weight and space.  There is no way I can burn 3 gallons of fuel, in one day, with our boat.  It has a 20 horsepower 4 stroke motor.  It doesn’t use much fuel.  I’ll just fill up at home, every time, before going fishing. I give up.  No more ethanol.

I see some e-mail, pertaining to fishing this weekend.  I’ll answer them but I’m not sure what to say.

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

Byron Begley
March 26, 2015  

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