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 chilly this morning.  At 5:59 am, the temperature is 48 degrees.  The high today is predicted to be 80 degrees.  There is no chance for rain today.

It is beautiful here.  Flowers and trees are blooming.  The green color of the trees is moving up the mountains again.  The mountains we see from our house are green about halfway up.  Every morning, after daybreak, I step outside and listen.  All I hear are birds, from all directions. 

Little River is flowing normal at 303 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.19 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 317 cfs.  The water temperature is 54.5 degrees.

Though I have not talked to any returning fishermen since Friday, I suspect fishing is very good in the Park.  All I have to go on are the conditions.  The water levels and water temperatures are very good.  There are no approaching storms or strong fronts, like we had last week.  There is no reason I know of, why fishing won’t be good today.

Anglers are doing well using dry flies. A Parachute Adams has been the hot fly lately. Trout will take nymphs too. Many patterns will work. The trout are hungry and looking for food.

We had a lot of traffic in Townsend and the mountains yesterday.  It was beautiful outside and people responded by flocking to the Park. 

After today, we’ll have a good chance for rain every day this week.  I’m trying to pick a couple of days to fish on the lakes this week.  It’s not an easy choice.  It doesn’t look like wind will be an issue.  Deciding which days I want to stand in a boat, in the rain is the dilemma. Thursday looks best right now.  We went last week, and fishing was slow.  I caught one nice smallmouth in 5 hours of constantly casting streamers.  It was windy and hard to control the boat.  I think it’s too early for them. Or, it could have just been an “Off Day”.  

The Clinch River looks to be out of the question today for wade fishermen.  They will be generating.  There is a break in the generation at Cherokee Dam, from now until 11 am, unless TVA changes their mind.  At 11 am, they will open the turbines.  Check the TVA website before you go.

The lowland rivers may be a good option though the water levels may be a little high.  Smallmouth bass should be getting active in those rivers, though I don’t know of any positive reports supporting that.  It may be a little early. 

White bass have been active in the creeks near lakes.

Authorities arrested the guys, who allegedly closed the valve, that cut off the water supply, killing 150,000 trout, at the Armstrong State Hatchery in North Carolina.  CLICK HERE to read the story and see the photos of these men.  Evidently they were just “messing around”, according to the article.  The loss amounts to $150,000.

I talked to Kathy, the director of the Appalachian Bear Rescue at a party last night. They just received two tiny cubs.  Evidently, their mother was injured or killed.  They are orphaned.  At their age, ABR staff are bottle feeding them. 

It’s that time of year.  Orphaned black bear cubs will be arriving at ABR.  They will be raised with minimum human contact, in large holding pens, to be released this Fall in the wild.  They do great work and the facility will be expanded.  ABR is located in an undisclosed location, that happens to be a few hundred yards from our house.  Their Visitor and Education Center is located in Trillium Cove, near our store.  You are encouraged to visit there, learn more about the work ABR is doing, and hopefully make a donation to this non-profit organization.  You may also volunteer at ABR.  CLICK HERE to visit their website.

We are open today, as usual.  We are open every Sunday except holidays.  If you need to buy your Troutfest tickets, come by the store and purchase them today.

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

Byron Begley
April 12, 2015

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