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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy, very windy and 71 degrees in Townsend this morning at 7:45 am.  I was driving to work on our road and came to the intersection where that road meets the drive to our barn and there they were, over a dozen wild turkeys.  They were in the road.  I had to stop to avoid running over them.  Two of the birds were toms with long beards and they were fanned out.  They were standing there 10 feet away.  My truck would make an excellent turkey blind.

Listen to this.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 54 degrees this morning.  The warmest temperature I have taken all year was 50 or 51 degrees about 3 weeks ago.  The trout in the Smoky Mountains are going to be active today. 

Flow is 319 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 330 cfs.  The water is clear.  Conditions are perfect for a great fishing day.  It will cool off tonight and this weekend. 

We do have one angler problem today, strong wind.  Not only will that make casting difficult and the chance of being hit by a falling branch or worse a tree, the aquatic insects will be blown off the water after they hatch.  Maybe the wind will die down.  I hope so.  This is a great opportunity to have some excellent fishing but that wind might mess your day up.

Use Quill Gordon and Blue Quill dry flies.  Use Quill Gordon wet flies.  Drop the wet off the dry to double your chances. 

I found a funny article on the Knox News website this morning.  If you have been following the attempt to block the re-authorization of Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) by Rep. Frank Nicely from Strawberry Plains you will know that he has given the agency a hard time for some reason.  He serves on the House Conservation and Environment Committee. 

It was reported, in a committee meeting recently, he accused TWRA of transplanting coyotes in our State to thin the deer population.  At first, the TWRA staff thought he was kidding.  They thought it was a joke.  The assistant director of TWRA said they sent officers to Arkansas to give swimming lessons to coyotes so they could swim across the Mississippi River.  Then, someone realized Mr. Nicely was not joking.  You have got to read this article. It will make your day.

David Ezell is going to be here at 10:00 am.  He and I are working on the Troutfest website.  I got a call from Randy Hamilton at Ross Reels yesterday.  He told me that we had listed Brad Beefus as a headliner for Troutfest on our website and Brad knew nothing about it.  Brad is the Sales Manager at Ross and his young son is already a famous fly tyer.  Brad wrote one of the best fly tying beginner books I have ever seen. 

Randy said they would try to work something out with Brad but at this point, time is the problem.  I told Randy that David and I are re-designing the website and I can’t think of any instance where Brad is listed as a headliner, though we have discussed it.

Well, the problem is, other Trout Unlimited Chapters have started using the word Troutfest to describe their own events.  Randy was looking at a Troutfest website in Texas.  I couldn’t help but ask Randy to talk to Brad about appearing here in 2013 with his son.  We’ll see about that.  Our headliners this year are, Lefty Kreh, Bob Clouser, Zach Matthews, Jason Borger and now Walt Cary.

Randy Hamilton will be here for Troutfest along with his partner Park Burson.  They Represent the Southeast United States for Chota, Ross, Scientific Anglers, St. Croix Rods and Winston, among other companies.

Tomorrow we our holding our last Free Fly Tying Demonstration until next Winter.  Brian Courtney and Buzz Buffington will be tying on Saturday.  Many of you know these guys.  Brian teaches fly tying here.  He is an excellent tyer.  He specializes in trout flies.  Buzz teaches fly tying too.  His TU Chapter, the Clinch River Chapter holds a winter fly tying class.  Buzz, Dick and I wrote and published a fly tying book for their class last year.  Buzz fishes more than anyone I know and his home river is the Clinch.  He will be tying small flies for tailwaters.  All you have to do is show up.  They will be tying between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Come on by.

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

Byron Begley
February 24, 2012


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