Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 6, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend this morning.  The Weather Channel website says the high will be 88 degrees today.  And the high tomorrow is predicted to be 85 degrees.  It feels like Summer but that will end soon.  Townsend is very quiet which is usual after a holiday weekend.  There are some folks around and some are anglers.

The water temperature in Little River is 57 degrees in town.  The water level is slightly below normal.  The flow is currently 331 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 375 cfs.  Fishing has been great.  Anglers are reporting trout rising to dry flies and a variety of them at that.  There are Quill Gordons and Blue Quills as you would expect but some other insects are on the water as well.  The trout are very active in the lower elevation streams.  Anglers seem to be doing best between Metcalf Bottoms and above Elkmont Campground on the East Prong of Little River.  It seems to me the Middle Prong or West Prong would be good too.  Also, many anglers are catching trout on the dropper nymph and not the dry.  So, use a dry fly and drop a Bead Head Pheasant Tail or Quill Gordon wet fly about 16 inches from the dry.

Smallmouth bass are reacting to the excellent water conditions too, in the streams and the lakes.  Fishing is excellent right now so get out and go.

Cooler weather and rain will arrive Wednesday and we’ll see temperatures drop for several days after that.  It will feel more like April should feel.  We need the rain.  Our rainfall/precipitation numbers are 19% below normal for the year. 

Though a cold front is moving in for a couple of days and after that it will still be cooler than the past few days, it will still be comfortable and the fishing should be good.  We’ll have some great camping weather after Thursday. 

The valley is colorful.  White flowering trees, redbuds, wildflowers, yellow forsythia and green leaves are overwhelming the landscape at our elevation.  The higher mountains are still dark grey.  We’ll see the color move up slowly over the next few weeks. 

The turkeys are strutting and gobbling.  Alex came by this morning.  He is seeing and hearing it too.  Everyone is saying they have never seen as many turkeys as they have this Spring.  I believe this is going to be a strong hunting season for these birds.  I have several days set aside for turkey hunting this year.  And, the hunting seems to get better every year. 

I talked to Jimmy Hensley who owns Tri County Marine yesterday.  His dealership is located in Morristown, Tennessee.  I bought our boat from him last year.  He knows more about Mercury engines than anyone I’ve met.  He races boats.  In the back of the shop, out of view from the show room are two hydroplane drag racing boats.  One of the boats is made of Kevlar composite material.  It is light as a feather.  The engines are the largest made by Mercury and he has customized them.  From what I saw, his six cylinder engines have 12 spark plugs.  I think he said these boats top out at around 140 miles per hour. 

I ordered motor oil, crankcase lubricant, spark plugs, oil filters, fuel filters and some other maintenance items for back stock. If I decide to change the oil or plugs I won’t have to go anywhere to get the stuff I need.

Jimmy said he had the best March at the store in five years.  People are buying boats again.  His flagship brand is Lowe.  Lowe is owned by Brunswick Corporation.  I watch most leisure stocks.  I keep an eye on Cabelas, Dicks Sporting Goods and others including Brunswick.  That company’s stock was trading at below $2 per share a year ago.  Today it is trading at over $16.  So in one year that stock has increased 8 times it’s value.  CEO Dustin (Dusty) McCoy has done a great job with Brunswick.  He used to live here when he was CEO of Sea Ray which is one of the Brunswick companies.

We have fared pretty well during this recession.  I believe the leisure sector has done well overall except for large boats and RV’s.

Troutfest is coming to Townsend soon, May 14, 15 and 16.  This one is going to be huge.  You can click on the image below and see what it’s all about.  And, you don’t want to miss your chance to attend the banquet.  You can buy your tickets online by CLICKING HERE or call the shop at 865-448-9459 and we’ll send you the tickets.

If you are thinking about becoming a vendor don’t wait too long.  As of last night we only have 11 booth spaces left to sell.  Some are inside a large tent or a few are outside and you can bring your own tent.  We have never sold anywhere near this many booth spaces, this early.  I am confident they will sell out in a week or two.  So, don’t delay. 

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

Byron Begley
April 6, 2010

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