Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennnessee.

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 44 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The Great Smoky Mountains are in clear view today.  The highest peaks have a little fog hanging over them but they are visible.  This is going to be a beautiful day.  The high should be near 60 degrees.  Geese flew over my head while I was on the river bank this morning.  That heron flew away when I walked down to the bank to take the water temperature. 

Little River is running clear and low for this time of year.  Though we got some rain yesterday, the river did not rise much.  There is more rain in the forecast tomorrow through Sunday night.  We may get plenty of rain in East Tennessee over the weekend.

Fishing will be good today and tomorrow.  The water has warmed quiet a bit over the last few days.  This morning the water temperature was 47 degrees.  Trout will be active.  Aquatic insects may be active too.  Start with nymphs.  Try a Tellico, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince, Girdle Bug or Copper John.  Trout are also feeding on dry flies.  Josh had a big brown rise to a dry fly 5 times on Saturday.  This fish was way over 20” long.  He missed it 5 times he said.  That had to be frustrating.  Evidently that fish didn’t really want to eat his fly. 

Josh, a guide who owns a service called Frontier Anglers and I were talking about Troutfest while drifting down a river in his boat last Summer.  I mentioned to him that since Lefty Kreh will be in Townsend, he should take Lefty fishing on Monday after the event.  Lefty told me one time he loves drifting rivers for smallmouth bass more than any fly fishing he could think of.  He meant it too.  Well, one thing led to another, and Lefty has decided to stay until Tuesday and fish with Josh on Monday May 21st.. 

I told Lefty in an e-mail, “We’ve got smallmouth bass here that you guys up there just dream about.”  He has a good sense of humor and we kid each other a lot.

Here is the cool part!  You can go with them.  Think about that, fishing in a nice drift boat, floating down one of our rivers here and catching smallmouth bass with Lefty Kreh and Josh for the day.  You should go.  You will start the morning eating breakfast with Lefty and Josh.  Then you will go fishing on a larger river in Josh’s Hyde drift boat.  Josh has the flies, believe me, he has flies! 

There is one catch.  You will have to buy the trip at the Troutfest auction on Friday the 18th.  Highest bidder wins.  All the money goes to Troutfest.  Josh and Lefty are eagerly donating their time.  Temple Fork is paying Lefty’s expenses to stay over. 

I’ll tell you one thing for sure,  Lefty Kreh and Josh Pfeiffer are excited about this.  You can be part of that threesome.  I have never hired Josh, we just fish together.  But I can tell you this, he is an excellent guide and he loves fishing for smallmouth bass as much as Lefty and I do.

Walt Cary will be a Troutfest too.  He makes poppers for us and we sell them in our shop.  Walt and I have become friends and he is probably the most famous popper guy in the Country.  He and Lefty are friends too.  He started making poppers for Lefty in the 1960’s.  Walt will be demonstrating all weekend at Troutfest. 

We are going to have a great weekend of entertainment for you starting tomorrow.  Bill Hall and Tim Ivey will be tying at the shop for you.  They will start at 10:00 and tie until 2:00 pm.  That will be great.  You will like these guys.

Then on Sunday, David Knapp will be tying between 10:00 and 2:00.  Most of you know David or at least you are familiar with his reputation as an angler. 

These events are Free.  Just show up and enjoy the festivities.

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

Byron Begley
February 17, 2012 


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