Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cool in Townsend this morning, 47 degrees.  Traffic is almost non-existent.  I bet I saw only 10 vehicles on my way to the river at 8:20 am.  I stopped at the IGA and there were hardly any cars there.  For some reason, it is quiet around here. 

Little River looks perfect.  The level is up several inches since yesterday morning.  Flow is currently 311 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 260 cfs.  We got almost an inch of rain here yesterday and last night.  The Knoxville Airport got about the same amount. I am betting the mountains did not get that much rain.  I think the river would have been higher if they did.  The water temperature in town dropped four degrees since yesterday morning to 58 this morning.  Perfect!

Fishing is still great but it will be better today.  Higher water with a little color is a good thing.  Right now it is overcast which is good for fishing too.  It will become sunny in a little while.  The low temperature tonight is expected to dip to 39 degrees according to the National Weather Service and they indicate we may have frost in the morning.  That sounds like a contradiction to me.  We probably will have frost in the higher elevations though.

Nymphs and dry flies should work well today.  It seems like a nymphing morning to me.  That’s what I would start with.  Later in the day I would switch to yellow dry flies like a Yellow Sally, Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulator or Yellow Neversink Caddis.  The reason for all this yellow is the “Yellow Sally Stonefly” hatch.  Trout love them and they are on the water.  Evenings, the last couple of hours before dark would be my time to be on the streams today.

We have a slight chance for rain each day starting Friday.  It will be cool until Sunday.  This should be a beautiful weekend to fish or do anything else. 

One week from Friday we will present the Troutfest Banquet at 6:00 pm.  It is time for you to buy your tickets.  You can buy them online by clicking in the text below my name.  After May 6th we will stop mailing tickets.  After that date we will hold your purchased tickets here until late on Friday May 13th.  At that point you can pick up your tickets at the Troutfest event site.  You can also reserve your tickets by calling here 877-448-3474.  We’ll take your credit card information and turn your order over to Bill and Sheila Bolinger. 

On Thursday and Friday of next week, we will have Troutfest volunteers working in our shop.  They will be selling banquet tickets.  They will have a TU credit card machine set up in the shop.  We sell a ton of banquet tickets on Thursday and Friday before the event.

Yesterday I worked on the Troutfest event schedule on the website.  You can see what I’ve done by CLICKING HERE.  I got Saturday finished last evening and I’ll do Sunday today.  This has not been checked for errors.  One thing I would like to stress is, you should show up early for Troutfest each day.  Big events will begin at 9:00.  You can see that on the schedule.  There is so much going on at once we have to get going early to get it done.  For instance, on Saturday, Lefty and Joe each have events at 9:00. 

At Troutfest you will be given attention by approximately 160 volunteers which includes the banquet on Friday night.  Most volunteers will only work four hours so they can enjoy Troutfest too.

We have had a lot of water flushed through the generators from our lakes in Tennessee and Kentucky this Spring.  I know it has been detrimental to anglers wishing to fish below those dams.  As it turns out, there might have been a reason.  Heavy snow and rain has caused flooding in the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers.  And, further downstream the flood waters have not arrived yet.  TVA is saying, for now, they are holding back on generation because they have more water holding capacity in the reservoirs.  This will lessen the flooding in those two major rivers where most of our smaller rivers are considered tributaries.  Also, TVA has been able to produce cheap and cleaner electricity.  I read this morning that they cut back on coal and nuclear power production this Spring.  Maybe that explains our misery.  We gave so others could benefit. 

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

Byron Begley
May 4, 2011  

Troutfest will be held on May 13th through the 15th. This is going to be an incredible event and you should plan to be here. To learn more CLICK HERE to visit the Troutfest website.  To purchase banquet tickets online, CLICK HERE.

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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
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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