Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is a beautiful morning.  The temperature is chilly right now but expect highs today to be around 68 degrees.  And, expect highs for the next 10 days to be near 60 and into the 70’s.  Spring is finally here.  Tomorrow night, most of us will move our clocks forward one hour to conform to daylight savings time.  To me, that means more daylight when it matters most, after work.  It means an extra hour of fishing.

Little River is still flowing fast and deep.  All the creeks around here are.  Flow is currently 1,100 cubic feet per second in the river below the “Y”.  Median flow for this date is 340 cfs.  The water temperature is 43 degrees but that will rise throughout the day and over the next few days.  Water temperature, most important to trout fishers here is going to stay in the good feeding zone for the fish.  We just need to see this water drop.  It is dropping but not fast.  The ground is soaked and leeching water into the watershed creeks. 

If you go fishing today find smaller streams that don’t require a lot of wading.  The larger rivers are swift and dangerous.  For instance, there is not way you could wade across Little River in town, at least where I’ve been looking.  The water is cold right now and the trout will be sluggish but they can be caught.  They will be more willing later today and in the days to come.

Hatches of Quill Gordon, Blue Quill and other mayflies will be in full swing soon.  They started before it turned cold and they continue to hatch but when the water drops and warms you will see more surface activity from the trout.

I got my weekly day off yesterday.  There was not much to do except tie flies and organize our tackle.  I could not help but watch TV and view the awful catastrophe live in Japan. That country is used to seismic rumbling.  They were prepared.  They have the money to be prepared.  Thousands or maybe hundreds of thousands of lives were saved due to that planning.  God bless those people who did not make it.

I came up with a new fly yesterday that will hopefully be perfect for large trout and bass.  It is a crayfish pattern with a lip to give it a “diving wiggle action” like the old Rebel Wee R.  The shape of the lip is constructed of 50 pound fluorocarbon and the void is filled with Clear Cure Goo, the thick version.  I’ve tried this on other streamers and it works well.  When you strip, they wiggle.  Noise will be provided by a glass rattle. 

The problem is, I didn’t have the materials so I didn’t actually tie one.  When I got here this morning I started picking out materials to buy.  And, I’ll look through my personal inventory of materials here.  I should have something to show you soon and maybe some fish that took the fly by the end of next week. 

You are getting ready too aren’t you?   That what we do during the slower months, get ready for the faster months. 

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

Byron Begley
March 12, 2011

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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
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Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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