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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 5:56 am, the temperature is 53.4 degrees. It rained last night as expected. Today and tomorrow will be cooler, with highs in the 60’s and lows in the high 30’s to low 40’s. Warm air will move into the area Wednesday. There is a good chance for rain Thursday.
Little River is flowing at 291 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.04 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 313 cfs. The water temperature is 55.9 degrees.
Fishing should remain good in the Smoky Mountains this week. We will see the water temperature fall tonight. I don’t know how low it will go. You may also find stained water in some streams this morning, though that is not likely. I do not think we got much rain but you never know what happens in the mountains.
If the water temperature remains 50 degrees or above, fishing will be fine. I think it will.
Fishing in the tailwaters, specifically the Clinch and Holston should be good today at times. Check the TVA website for generation schedules. Right now, the Clinch looks prime for fishing today.
If you fished in the Park yesterday, you had excellent conditions. It was overcast and very warm. Being Easter Sunday, the shop was closed. We close 4 days per year on holidays.
The long term weather forecast for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, through April 11th looks great right now. The only negative possibility is rain Thursday. Thunderstorms are possible. Otherwise, the temperatures will be warm and fishing should be great.
The internet connection at our home was dead this morning. I called our provider early and got the problem resolved. I am running a little late this morning because of that issue. I would do anything to get this report written by 9 am. I was almost ready to drive to the shop at 7 am, to hopefully find our internet service working there. I didn’t have to.
I was off yesterday, and I loaded video to my computer from the camera I have, always ready at the window in my office. I found footage I forgot I had. The wild turkey gobblers were filmed yesterday morning. The boys were showing off to the girls. You can’t see the hens in the photos, but there were about 15 of them near the gobblers.
The males are fanning, strutting and mating. These three were at the edge of the forest, right behind our house, 30 feet away. It was overcast so the colors are not great. Also, these photos are screen shots from video, so the quality is not very good.
Every time I looked outside yesterday, I saw turkeys, either in the back, front or side of our house. I noticed one young male turkey (jake), trying to fan his tail and puff up like the elders do. I could tell he was frustrated. He tried and he could not quite get it. At one point, he turned in circles, standing in place, first one direction, then the other. He was finally able to get his tail to fan, though not perfectly.
The buck below was filmed a month ago or longer. He has some odd looking antlers. The doe below the buck is a frequent visitor to our back yard (forest). Deer come into the area to lick the mineral blocks I placed out there.
When I was a kid, growing up in Kentucky, I could never have imagined living where we do now, and seeing this wildlife. Soon, we will be seeing bear at hour home. Every time I look outside and view what Mother Nature shares, to me, it is a dream come true.
As a kid, I never imagined living near hundreds of miles of wild trout streams. I was in my 30’s when I made the decision to buy this land, and someday, move here. It took 5 years of searching, but when I found this property, within 2 weeks, it was mine. I lived in Nashville at the time. When I found the land, I called my attorney and told him, “We need to move quickly”, and we did.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
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