Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and warm in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  It looks like Spring.  The grass is greener, forsythia is blooming and some of the trees are beginning to show their leaves.  At the swinging bridge I met three young guys this morning.  One was Jim Mollish.  I know his Dad, John, who owns River John’s.  They are located downstream on Little River and offer a canoe rental service and campground on a large island.  You can drive onto the island.  It is a really nice place to stay, float the river and fish for smallmouth bass.  When people come here and want to fish for smallmouth, we send them to River John.

The river looks perfect.  Flow is 374 cubic feet per second which is just a little over normal.  The water is clear and the temperature is 50 degrees.  Fishing is good, really good.  Quill Gordon mayflies are hatching and trout are picking them off.  Josh Pfeifer of Frontier Anglers Guide Service took some clients to the Middle Prong of Little River yesterday.  The bugs were hatching.  Josh said they caught all their fish on Quill Gordon patterns.  I have talked to several anglers who reported the same results.

Right now I would use Quill Gordon or Blue Quill dry fly patterns with a nymph or wet fly dropper.  If that does not work try the nymphs and fish deeper.  If you fish today watch the water levels.  We have a good chance for rain and possibly some heavy rain.  For now it is missing us.  Rain is expected today, tonight and tomorrow morning.  The ground is soaked in many areas near us.  We were spared the heavy rain last weekend that caused flooding elsewhere but not here.  If those areas get hit again, more flooding is a possibility.  It is supposed to be windy today too.  I would not venture too far from the truck today.

Matt Kulp and Steve Moore gave an excellent presentation on their fisheries programs in the Park this week.  It was held at City Hall in the auditorium.  I’ve know these guys for a long time and I’ve worked with Steve as a volunteer for almost 18 years.  I’ve known Matt maybe 15 years.  I probably talk to Steve or Matt at least every other week.  But you know what?  I learned a lot of things I didn’t know by listening and watching their presentation.  I tried to stay focused and not miss anything.  Hopefully they will give that same presentation at Troutfest.

We are getting in the Spring gear.  I saw some new Winston Rods, Orvis tackle and Redington waders yesterday.  We’ve got new wading boots from Korkers too. A lot of new Simms gear came in and more is coming.  Spring is early this year and we got caught on the short end.  Daniel called Orvis and got the Spring orders shipped early.

I took off yesterday and worked on the boat.  It is almost ready to go and so am I.  I’m hearing the lake temperatures are around 50 degrees on the surface.  That’s what I’ve been waiting for.  That is a little cool but the smallmouth bass should be moving into pre-spawn locations soon.  What we really need is 55 degree plus to get things going. 

River smallmouth fishing is about to break.  Again, 55 degrees would be nice.  Right now our river is 50 degrees and it is going to be cooler tomorrow.  The low tomorrow night is predicted to be 31 degrees.  For the next 10 days we should have highs in the 50’s and 60’s with lows in the 30’s and 40’s.  Since the hatches have begun in the Park that should not stop.  Once they start they keep going.

So, the news is good for anglers.  Fishing is not red hot yet but it is good and just being out there fishing would be enough for me. 

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

Byron Begley
March 5, 2011

Respond to:

Volunteer for Troutfest


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

Respond to:

Home - Contact Us - About Us - Fishing Report - Online Catalog - Message Board - Sitemap