Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is partly cloudy, a little breezy and 51 degrees in Townsend this morning.  I am happy to report, it feels like Spring.  All I want to do is go fishing. 

Little River looks great.  Flow is 319 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 409 cfs.  The water temperature has made it back to 50 degrees.  It will warm up even more today. 

Go Fishing!  Fishing is great in the Smokies right now.  It will only get better too.  You are going to be dealing with wind today and rain this afternoon.  I would go anyway.  Trout are taking dry flies and nymphs.  There are plenty of adult aquatic insects on the water.  You will find Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Stoneflies, Caddis and who knows what else. Bill just walked in. He fished yesterday. He said he is still seeing some Quill Gordons on the Middle Prong. There were a lot of Blue Quills. He said the dry fly fishing in the afternoon was excellent.  

The further you go up in elevation the cooler the water will be.  The insect activity will differ in the higher elevations.  I would fish above Metcalf Bottoms on the East Prong of Little River.  Anywhere on the Middle or West Prongs of the Little River will be good.  And, Abrams Creek is fishing well.  Bugs are active, trout are active and anglers will be active.  And it is all going to get even better.

I am expecting some good smallmouth bass fishing next week in the rivers and lakes.  Next week the temperatures are going to rise further into the 70’s during the day.  The long term outlook is predicting a high of 78 degrees on Wednesday.  I know what that is going to do.  Those smallmouth bass will be looking to spawn in the lakes and maybe the rivers too.  This is my time of year.  I have been thinking about this moment all Winter. 

Betty Wollard is coming by this morning.  She is selling advertising for the Troutfest Journal.  We are going to pour through my contact list of businesses in Townsend.  She will be out there this afternoon visiting those business owners. If you own a business in this area you should think about advertising in the Journal.  You can read more by CLICKING HERE

Troutfest will be here before we know it.  I am most excited about one auction item that is certainly going to be different than anything we have done before.  You will be able to buy the opportunity to fish with guide Josh Pfeiffer and Lefty Kreh on the following Monday.  You will be floating a river in Josh’s drift boat with the man himself with you.  What an opportunity!  Fishing with Lefty.

Though we have been friends for a long time, I have never fished with Lefty.  Way before he started coming to Troutfest, Lefty would come here about every year for our Lefty Kreh Weekend.  He would fly in on Friday night, work at the shop on Saturday and Sunday then fly out Sunday night.  We had a lot of meals together but never went fishing. 

Lefty loves smallmouth fishing from a boat.  It’s his favorite kind of fly fishing.  I guess he is one of the people who got me interested in that part of our sport.  And now I’m hooked.  Lefty had some help from Gary and Lynn.  But he was the first to describe the actual sport like no one else could. 

Whoever buys that trip with Lefty and Josh are going to have the time of their lives.

I drove by two of our fine police officers this morning on my way to work.  Neither of them chased me down because of my expired truck tag.  They must not be reading this fishing report.  Even though we are all friends, they would love to pull me over.  I’m going to become legal tomorrow morning and they will lose that opportunity then.  I hope the Maryville Police officers don’t get me in the morning.  I don’t know them.

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

Byron Begley
March 8, 2012       

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