Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 7, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful day in Townsend, Tennessee.  The temperature is 63 degrees and the humidity is very low.  The forest wildlife is active today.  Birds are all over the place doing what they do in the Spring.  Our neighbor planted his garden last weekend.  When I came home last night the garden was full of wild turkeys.  Same thing this morning when I pulled out of our drive.  They were all hens except for one jake.  He thinks he is a tom.  He’ll find out soon enough he is not match for that big boy in the woods.  Jakes spend their first Spring getting their butt kicked. 

Little River is flowing below normal.  The gauge is reading 2.29 feet or 299 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 343 cfs.  That will probably change tomorrow.  Thunderstorms are expected all day and into the night.

Fishing is excellent.  The water temperature in town is that magical 58 degrees.  The water will be a little cooler in the Park at low elevations.  It will be a lot cooler in the high elevations.  Bugs are hatching and trout are gorging.  You will see Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and other aquatic insects.  I would probably start with a Quill Gordon dry fly with a small Bead Head Pheasant Tail following close behind.  The trout are healthy this year and bulky.  After two years of drought, then a high water year this is what you would expect.

The lower rivers are fishing well too.  Smallmouth bass are very active.  And the lakes around here are fishing well.  The smallmouth bass are in the shallow water preparing to spawn.  I’ll tell you, it doesn’t get much better than this.

If you enjoy wildflowers and fresh green fauna, now is the time to be here.  If you like hiking, biking, photography, wildlife viewing or fishing, now is the time.

I’ve been talking to all my turkey hunting buddies.  We’re planning our annual hunt next week in Kentucky.  Some of us have been friends for over 50 years.  I’ve only known Jack and Ronnie for about 17 years.  They live here but they go too.  We’ll all be together, all seven of us for four days in the middle of nowhere, in a secret place in a cabin, eating and hunting.  We may drink and tell stories too.  I bet we do a lot of fireside sitting.  And, we’ll shoot a few turkeys.  We never get skunked after Ronnie started hunting with us.  Frank and I got skunked before that.  I think we’ve been on this hunt for over ten years.  I believe this will be number eleven.

I exchanged e-mail with Scott Webber yesterday.  He is a new friend and great guy.  We hunted bear and wild boar together last year for 4 days.  We are already planning and talking about hunting this Fall.  I made a lot of new friends on those hunts.  I only knew two of the guys out of about 25.  Those four days were quite an experience.  It is probably one of those things that we’ll do the rest of our life.

There is so much going on right now it’s hard to make up your mind.  Do I go to work or go turkey hunting?  Do I go to work or go fishing on one of the lakes?  Do I go fishing in the Smokies or go to work?  Do I go to work and think about hunting and fishing?

I better get our taxes done!

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

Byron Begley
April 7, 2010 

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