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 7:25 am, cloudy and raining lightly.  The temperature is 64 degrees.

Little River is flowing at 279 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.13 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 279 cfs, exactly what we have now. The water temperature is 59.2 degrees.

Rain is predicted every day this week.  The National Weather Service advises, we may get several inches.  Other weather models say we won’t.  I think we are on the edge of the “Deluge of the South”, as they are calling it.  We’ll have to wait and see what happens.

Fishing has been good.  Yesterday was a perfect day, warm and cloudy.  I didn’t talk to any returning fishermen at the shop, but they had to have done well. The conditions were perfect.  Most fishermen are doing well with dry flies.  But, nymphs will work too.  So, use what you want.  The trout are hungry.  Their metabolism is in high gear. 

Fishing could slow as this front moves in.  That happened week before last.  Or, fishing could be good.

TVA will be generating at Norris and Cherokee Dams all day, full bore.

Paula and I plan to fish Thursday, on one of the lakes.  Lake fishing has been very good for many species.  I’m not hearing any smallmouth bass related reports.  We went last week and had a slow day.  The water temperature was 57 degrees.  Maybe this week will be better.  We will find out.

We are gradually losing our view of the mountains from our house.  The trees are growing leaves.  I don’t mind because it is nice living under the tree canopy.  It is always cool, even during the summer.  All we see are green trees.  Yesterday I noticed trilliums blooming in front of our house.  The dogwoods are in full bloom.  I love Spring in the Smokies.  We will see the mountains again, in November. 

This past Winter, I started feeding birds.  First, I cleared the small trees and low branches in the forest behind our house.  Now, we can see about 100 feet into the woods.  I built platform bird feeders with roofs and made them squirrel proof.  Every day, I spread a mixture of seed, about 1 ½ gallons, on the ground and fill one feeder with sunflower seeds.  We have another thistle feeder.  Paula bought a mineral block and we placed it in the woods.

It looks like a zoo around here now.  Not only, do we see birds all day, we have squirrels, rabbits and chipmunks always present. 

I don’t buy pre-mixed seed.  I buy black oil sunflower seed, whole kernel corn and proso white millet, in bulk, 50 pound bags.  Those seeds are stored in 30 gallon, steel, galvanized garbage cans in the boat house.  I mix the seeds depending on the type of birds and animals we see or want to attract. 

When the turkeys were traveling in flocks, I didn’t use corn in the mix.  That drew the turkeys in and they ate every seed on the ground, including the millet.  We like seeing the turkeys behind the house, but in a short time, they ate everything in sight.  Now that they have split up, I’m adding corn again.  We may see one turkey at a time, instead of 30.  Blue jays love the corn. 

Now, deer come in at night, and eat the corn.  So I started feeding in the mornings, instead of the evenings. We like seeing deer too, during the day.  I just don’t want them eating everything, at night, when we can’t see them.

All birds seem to like the white millet.  That stuff is hard to find.  There is a feed store in Knoxville that sells white millet in 50 pound bags.  I bought 100 pounds a few weeks ago and there is plenty left.  Mourning doves especially like the millet.

As far as I know, we have not had a visiting black bear.  When that happens, we will probably stop feeding the birds until next Winter.  Bears hanging around the house is not good.  They can be destructive.  They become humanized and bold.  We fed birds a few years ago and had to stop due to the bear activity.

Tomorrow is tax day.  I’m mailing our returns today.  The store is busy.  Lots of anglers are fishing.  I’m glad Winter is over.

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

Byron Begley
April 14, 2015

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