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 partly cloudy and 53 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It is beautiful out there.  The valley is turning greener by the day.  Everything is blooming, flowers, shrubs and trees.  We are going to have a very nice and warm weekend.

Little River is flowing at 425 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.40 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 324 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:55 am is 51 degrees.  We should see that number rise to the high 50’s this weekend.  The high temperature today will be near 75 degrees.  We’ll see temperatures in the high 70’s to low 80’s this weekend. 

Fishing is going to be very good again.  The water temperatures will drive that.  Flows are going to be on the high side this weekend but not by much.  We take beginner students on the rivers when the flow on Little River is 2.40 feet.  Some anglers prefer lower flows.  Some like it just the way it is.

You should see surface feeding activity over the next few days.  When the water temperature reaches 58 degrees that is the perfect range for trout.  They are hungry and there is plenty of food in the water under these conditions.

We sometimes see Yellow Sally Stoneflies on the water this early in the year.  You are likely to see March Browns, Red Quills, Hendricksons, caddis and other stoneflies.  I would probably use a Parachute Adams for the dry and a Pheasant Tail for the nymph.  An Elk Hair Caddis is another great dry fly to try.  I think the trout will hit about anything reasonable right now.  With their metabolism in high gear, they will be looking for food.

Concentrate on the choppy water.  Find shaded areas.  I believe you will do better in those areas especially tomorrow since it is going to be sunny. Fishing should be best early and late.

Smallmouth bass in the lowland rivers will be active.  And maybe, they will move to the banks in the lakes.  They probably already have in some lakes. 

I keep hearing about white bass fishing in the lakes.  Evidently, fishing for them has been good.  Most of the anglers I’ve talked to are fishing Fort Loudoun Lake.  I have never fished Fort Loudoun.  We do fish Tellico Lake, which is joined to Fort Loudoun by a canal.  That canal is also a very popular fishing destination.

I’m sure the tailwaters will be fished by many this weekend.  Two friends of mine are floating the Holston River below Cherokee Dam today with Mike Bone unless he decided the Clinch would be better due to generation schedules. 

Frank and I are planning to fish for smallmouth bass two days next week if we don’t get weathered out.  I hope we go.  The water will get much warmer this weekend and fishing should be better.  However, a cold front is moving in Tuesday bringing low temperatures in the 30’s again.  It may rain too.  I guess we’ll see what happens.

We’ve got a lot of options this weekend.  Get out and fish.   

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

Byron Begley
April 11, 2014

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