Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  This would be a perfect day to go fishing.  It is overcast and the temperature is 57 degrees at 7:55 am.  Now that is nice!  There was a huge flock of turkeys in our neighbors field.  It was recently plowed and sowed with oats and clover.  When I got home yesterday our neighbor’s son took me around their farm on his ATV.  He showed me where he shot a bear last Winter. And we checked out his turkey blinds.  We talked about cattle and other farming stuff. 

Little River is still somewhat high but it looked good to me.  Flow is 510 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 344 cfs.  The water is clear and 50 degrees. 

Fishing is going to be excellent this week.  We’ll probably get some rain today.  The high temperature on Thursday is predicted to be 80 degrees.  Low temperatures at night will be in the 50’s this week.  I can’t wait to get out there and fish.

Trout in the Smokies will be taking dry flies.  Patterns may not matter, especially in the lower elevations.  I would use a dark mayfly, caddis or stonefly imitation.  A Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis or Stimulator would be my choice.  If you want to fish nymphs they should work fine too.  The trout are going to have an increase in their appetite and I don’t think it matters much right now what they see floating down the stream.  If it is presented right, they will eat.  We’ll see water temperatures in the mid to upper 50’s this week in the lower elevations.  Conditions are going to be perfect for fishing in the Park.

The smallmouth bass will be feeding well too, in the rivers and on the lakes.  We have 7 large lakes within an hour or so drive from here so it’s hard to pick one.  My plan is to be on one of them this week.  And I’m planning to fish for smallmouth bass on Little River this week too.  We have lots of smallmouth streams within a short drive from here too. I’m picking Little River because I can walk to it. 

Little River has been stocked with trout.  The high water kept the anglers away for a few days but they will be back.  You don’t see many fly fishermen in the river.  Most are using spinning tackle with small lures or bait.  When conditions are like they are now, a Olive Wooly Bugger will catch trout, smallmouth bass and redeye bass. 

I worked on the Online Store Wading Boot Department all day yesterday.  I will get that department finished this week then move on to waders.  It is amazing how much you learn about gear when you are typing and pasting content into a web page.  I’ve been on this project for months.  It is a complete overhaul of our website.  I think it will be finished sometime in May.  I am trying to spend about 50 hours a week on it. 

Last night I started organizing and re-filling my fly boxes.  After tying all Winter, the inventory stock is high.  The boat box and vest will be ready by tomorrow, just in time.  The boat and boat gear are ready to go too.  I’m set.  Spring is here!

David Ezell will be here soon to work on the Troutfest website.  I think we are working on the fly tyers bios and photos page.  We do the work here because we have the software.  We use Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Dreamweaver.  Those and Adobe Illustrator are what I’m using now and every day for this fishing report.  Actually, I’m tying this into Word right now because it has a spell checker.  Then I’ll copy and paste it into Dreamweaver.  It’s a simple process if you have the right software.

I better go, he will be here soon.

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

Byron Begley
March 12, 2012

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