Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny this morning in Townsend.  They say the high today will be 79 degrees.  The foliage is very green in the valley.  I noticed this morning that color has not made it’s way to the high elevation mountains especially those that don’t get much sun.  Traffic is light as would be expected.  I talked to a couple of folks at the swinging bridge this morning.  He is a fly fisherman and has been trying to find streams to fish in the Smokies during this high water weenend.  The lady, who I suspect is his mother was going to try worms in the stocked water. She said, He is not catching any trout so she will have to do it for him."  

Little River is dropping from the high water we experienced this weekend.  The water is about 6” lower than it was yesterday morning.  Strong flow made it tough for fly anglers on Saturday and yesterday.  But, some of them, friends of mine, switched to spinning rods and hassled the big browns.  One of my best friends had what he said was the largest brown he has seen in 15 years go after his plug.  They caught some trout over 20”.  This big one had to be 28” or larger because he has caught them that big in Little River on a fly.  High water brings the browns out even during the day.  Except during the spawn, most of those big trout hide during the day and feed at night.  That’s why you don’t see them often.  Most people don’t believe that there are trout up to 30” in Little River.  They are there and the big browns they caught this weekend were released.

The water is clear and the water temperature was 50 degrees at 8:30 am.  The level will drop but not as fast as it has.  There may be more rain here this week but no significant rain events like we had last week are predicted.  The high temperatures this week will be very warm.  It will be warm at night too.  If we don’t get some heavy rain, next weekend might be perfect for fishing in the Park and elsewhere too.

Right now I would use nymphs and streamers.  Be careful wading.  Try to fish from the bank as much as possible.  When the waters recede dry fly action will be excellent.  Patterns are not as important as presentation and stealth.  You’ve got to get a good drift, which is hard to do here at any significant distance away.  That’s why we fish close to the fish and try to blend in with the background.  You can get a better drift if you are closer to the fly.  

The Troutfest website is up again.  Way to go Roy!  It was down for about four days due to a planned host change.  Things did not go as well as expected.  But now we are OK.  Speed seems to be fine so far.  That’s what we’ll have to watch.

I worked on the fly rod department most of the weekend.  I found some discontinued new rods I did not know we have.  They are new and we are going to sell them at 30% to 50% off.  Some of them are sweethearts.  If fact, most of them are.  Check out the list below. 

I looking forward to fishing this week.  I’ll probably fish for smallmouth bass on the lakes near here.  I think Ethan is going to fish upper Tellico Lake this week.  He likes it up there.  Those stumps and trees in the water worry me.  I like it better down lake.  We are waiting for the smallmouth bass to move into the spawning areas close to shore and in shallow water.  That makes it easier for fly fishermen.  We don’t have to use sinking lines.  Casting a 7 weight sinking line all day can be tiresome.  But, sometimes that’s what it takes.

A small airplane crash landed in Fort Loudon Lake yesterday.  The pilot got out and was rescued by a pleasure boater before the plane sank.  There were no passengers in the plane.  Imagine fishing on your favorite lake and having an airplane crash on the water near you.  That would make for a memorable day. 

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

Byron Begley
April 18, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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