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 5:22 am.  It is totally quiet outside.  The temperature is 71 degrees.  It sounds and feels like the calm before the storm. It may be.  The chance for thunderstorms today is 80%. 

This weekend will be really nice, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures in the 70’s.  If those storms miss the Smoky Mountains, and they could, fishing may be excellent.  One model I saw this morning, indicates the severe thunderstorms could occur to our West and East, leaving our region in an area with less likelihood for severe.  I hope that works out. 

Little River is flowing at 392 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.39 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 351 cfs.  The water temperature this morning is perfect, 59.4 degrees.

Fishing this weekend could be excellent or slow, depending on the weather.  Have you noticed, our sport is weather dependent?  We will have to wait a while, to see what happens.  Be careful fishing today.  The waters may rise quickly without warning.

For those of you who fly fish in the lakes, the water is warming and the fishing is improving.  Warmer water can be found in the creek embayments.

Right now, it looks like the generation schedule at the Clinch River below Norris Dam, will be limited to one generator after 9 am.  That could be an opportunity for some anglers.  It doesn’t look good today on the Holston below Cherokee Dam.  Check the TVA website before you go.  It can change and I could have misread it early this morning.  Sometimes I’m barely awake when I start writing this report.

I can’t believe this happened!  Somebody closed a valve, at the Armstrong, North Carolina State Fish Hatchery, resulting in the death of approximately 150,000 rainbow trout.  It happened last weekend.  It is unclear if it was an accident or sabotage.  An act of sabotage would be a felony.  Authorities are investigating.  Sabotage is suspected. You can read the story by CLICKING HERE.  Unbelievable!

I’ll be working at the shop today, doing bookkeeping chores.  I got an early start this morning so I can tie my daily goal of 1 dozen Knucklheads and still get my work done.  We’ve been busy, very busy.  Our store is growing at a fast pace.  It may not be what you think.  We don’t believe more people are visiting our store.  We know, more people are using our mail order service.  Remember, we don’t charge for ground shipping.

Our website is busy too.  During the first quarter of this year, 3,611 computers visited our site daily, on average.  Our visitors read or visited 46,121 pages per day.  Many of those people check out our message board.  Some of those visitors are not real people.

This fishing report has had, on average 822 readers per day, this week.  They are you, real people.  That is a little higher than normal.  It is obvious to us, fly fishermen are very active right now.  I’m seeing more mail orders going to the Northeast and Midwest states.  It is early Spring there and fishermen are chomping at the bit, getting ready to go fishing.

All of us at the shop, really appreciate our mail order customers.  Some of you have been ordering for many years.  I see orders going to customers, who have been our customers, since the 1990’s and early 2000’s.  And, many are first time customers.  I look at every mail order ticket, every day.  I saw one from Brad in Chattanooga yesterday.  Brad has been coming in our store for 20 years and he’s been my friend for longer than that.  Thanks Brad. 

We also appreciate our customers who visit the store.  And, many of you do both, visit in person, and order through the mail.  Without this strong support, we would have been gone a long time ago, when things changed.  Things are changing.  We continue to change.  “Green apples grow.  Ripe apples rot.” (Ray Kroc)

Our rainfall deficit is getting close to going away.  We are slightly behind normal for the year.  After this beautiful upcoming weekend, rain will be back in the forecast.  The temperatures will be comfortable from now through April 19th, with highs in the 70’s.

Uh oh!  Now, it appears we have a greater chance for severe thunderstorms today.  Another weather website I’m looking at expects “Heavy Thunderstorms” this morning.  And, a few storms may be severe early.  After that, expect steady rain, according to them.

I hope you all can squeeze in some fishing time over the next few days.  Believe me, I know, it will do you some good.

It is 7 am and time to go.

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

Byron Begley
April 10, 2015

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