Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 58 degrees at 7:50 am.  It feels great out there.  The valley and lower elevation mountains are green.  Spring in the weather conditions sense of the word is here.  Nature is showing signs of Spring too.  It’s about time.

Little River is flowing at 315 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 262 cfs.  The water temperature right now is 57.7 degrees below the “Y”.

Fishing conditions are perfect.  The trout in the Smokies seem to be slow to realize that.  Some anglers are reporting slow fishing.  I don’t know why that would be.  May is usually the best month for fishing here.  But, April is good too. 

Warm temperatures have raised the water temps to a perfect level.  The water flow is almost normal. 

The best fly patterns to use will depend on where you are.  If you are way up high, try the early spring patterns.  In the lower elevations, I would use a Parachute Adams, March Brown or Elk Hair Caddis.  It also makes sense to drop a small bead head nymph off the dry.  If dry flies are not working, go to nymphs or wet flies.

I was off yesterday so I didn’t talk to any anglers except for myself and Paula.  We planned to fish on a lake, I hooked the water hose to our outboard, and it wouldn’t start. I bought fresh gas and poured in the exact amount of all three Mercury additives earlier.  The dealer told me I probably had a carburetor problem, which he blames on ethanol gasoline.  He knows what he’s talking about so I’m taking the boat to the dealership to have the carburetor cleaned in an acid bath.  I don’t know about you but I’m having problems getting a fishing break this year.  I get one day off per week, usually Wednesday.  The weather has been awful every Wednesday.  Now it’s mechanical problems.

The notorious “fly shop shoplifter” is at it again.  He hit a shop in the Tri-Cities area this week.  He got away again.  I have his mug shot posted behind our counter so the staff can see what he looks like.  A court order imposed a few years ago prohibit him from ever entering our store.  If and when he does, we’ll simply call the police and have him arrested just for being here. All fly shops in the region are looking out for him.

My policy is to have shoplifters arrested.  I have vivid memories of the last one, handcuffed in the back of a Townsend police car.  Two police cruisers were involved in the chase.  The perpetrator almost T-boned a police car when they cut him off just a block from the shop. I walked over and watched as the police searched his vehicle.  He appeared to have some “free shopping” merchandise from other stores in the back seat.  He got into all kinds of trouble, mainly on illegal drug charges.

It is going to be hot today but a cold front will move in tomorrow bringing rain and possible thunderstorms with it.  The rain chance tomorrow is 90%.  It is going to be a nice weekend.  Temperatures will be on the cool side.  Keep an eye on the water levels. says the rainfall could be over an inch.  It is going to be windy too.  After tomorrow, the next few days look really good, weather-wise.

NOTICE: The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding it's annual stream cleanup on Saturday April 20th. You don't have to be a member. We want you to participate with the Chapter and find out what we are all about. Just show up at Metcalf Bottoms in Great Smoky Mountains National Park at 9:00 am. Bring your waders. You will be picking up trash in the stream while meeting new friends and future fishing buddies.

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

Byron Begley
April 18, 2013

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