Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Some strong wind came through here during the night.  And early this morning we got a few thunderstorms in Townsend.  The rain has not been heavy and it doesn’t look like it will at least for a while.  The air is so clear, the mountains look sharp and detailed, even those that are far away.  The lower green mountains are surrounded by the brown high elevation peaks.  The tall hills have not turned green yet.  It is a beautiful morning in the Smokies.

Little River is looking good too.  There is certainly plenty of water.  The flow is currently 515 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 265 cfs.  And the water temperature at 8:30 am was a perfect 58 degrees.  What I mean is perfect for trout, not perfect for humans.  Swimming would not be advised. For us the water is colder than you know what!

A lot of people have called this “Easter Week” and taken it off.  I am amazed at how many people are in town.  The restaurants looked full this morning.  That is unusual for a Wednesday in the Spring.  Tourism has been very good.  Higher gasoline prices encourage people to stay closer to home.  The Smokies are close to a lot of people’s homes.  On top of every other incentive to spend the Easter weekend in the Smokies, the weather is going to be perfect.  Highs will be in the low 80’s with lows around 60 degrees.  The rain chance is 10% on Saturday and Sunday.

If we don’t get a lot of rain, fishing will be excellent this weekend too.  You are going to see perfect water temperatures high up and low down in the mountains.  Aquatic insect activity will be heavy. 

Trout will be feeding voraciously.  (I don’t think I’ve ever said that before)  Voraciously can mean “a huge appetite”.  I like “voraciously”. So, you get the picture.  One problem might be that anglers will be fishing voraciously.  In this instance, “voraciously” means many other synonyms of the word (not piggish or hoggish).  There could be a lot of anglers on the streams.  But, there is plenty of room once you get off the roads.  All it takes is a healthy hike to find a stream that offers some solitude.

Fly selection can be wide and varied.  I would stick with a good attractor that mimics a local meal for a trout.  That would be, Parachute Adams, Yellow Humpy, Small Yellow Stimulator, Elk Hair Caddis (Tan, Olive or Yellow), Thunderhead and others I can’t think of right now.  For nymphs I would use a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico, Copper John with rubber legs or a Hare’s Ear.  I would fish larger flies if the water is high where you are fishing like a #12.  If the water is skinny I would use a smaller fly.  Skinny water might be at a premium this weekend depending on the rain.  By the way, it is raining pretty hard right now.

Troutfest is a little over 3 weeks away.  It’s time for you to plan.  This year we are featuring Lefty Kreh, Joe Humphreys, Bob Clouser, Zach Matthews and Tom Rosenbauer as our headliners.  If everyone gets their forms and money to us, the vendor booths are sold out.  You never know, sometimes people back out at the last minute.  There will be all kinds of free seminars and demonstrations going on all weekend.  The dates for the exposition are May 14th and 15th.  The banquet will be held on Friday May 13th.  The cost to get into the Expo is zero, notta, and free.  The banquet tickets are $50.  You can go to the Troutfest website by CLICKING HERE.  You don’t want to miss this one.

These dang cows are really letting me down.  You know what I’m talking about.  Maybe it’s the farmer’s fault.  Here is the problem.  For years the farmer grazed a herd of about 60 cattle in the field across the road.  Almost every day I would count those standing and the total herd.  Then we could compute the “Cow Standing Factor” easily.  Now, the cattle are locked out of that field most of the time.  When they do get to graze in the field they are always standing and eating voraciously.  (There’s that word again.)  That is probably because the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. So, what I usually get is a N/C which means No Cows or a reading of 100% because they are always standing.  The way I see it I have three options:  Talk to the farmer, do nothing or slip in at night with some wire cutters.  I don’t think I have the guts for option 3.

Get ready for some excellent fishing.  It is getting ready to happen.

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

Byron Begley
April 20, 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
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Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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