Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and cool, 44 degrees in Townsend, Tennessee.  But later the sun will be shining and the high here is supposed to be 65 degrees.  Trees and flowers are blooming.  The wildlife is getting very active.  Every morning when I take the water temperature at the swinging bridge, a pair of Canada geese start honking at me.  That’s been going on for about a week.  It appears the geese have paired.  I stepped out on our front porch day before yesterday and heard my first turkey this year gobbling.  Last night coyotes were near the house yelping.  The days are getting longer.  And the long term forecast calls for Spring-like conditions for the next 10 days.

Little River is still gushing lots of water.  Flow today is 855 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 340 cfs.  Fly fishing guides are looking for places to take their clients.  I talked to one yesterday who was going to drive around and look at the streams.  He has clients today and tomorrow.  The water is high and that makes fishing tough.  Also, wading is still going to be dangerous or impossible in the larger rivers.  You can get into trouble on small streams when there is this much water flowing out of the Smoky Mountains.  To rub salt into the wound, there is a good chance for rain Monday and Tuesday.  But, it is going to get warm, maybe 69 degrees by Friday.

If you go fishing be prepared to use nymphs or streamers.  You may see some hatches and you may see trout rising to the mayflies or caddis.  By all means try a dry fly.  I would work the slow flow areas.  The trout are not going to be in the swift current.  And, I would probably tie on a nymph today.  The stocked water in Townsend looks pretty good for streamers or nymphs dangling below a strike indicator.  The flow in town is very strong though so be careful wading. 

Our business has been good lately.  Even with the high water here, anglers are out roaming around getting ready for ripe conditions.  That’s what I’m doing, getting ready.  You might find that your idle time could pay off by tying flies.  Or you may find some friendly generations schedules on the area tailwaters.  The lakes should be fishing better this week due to the warmer weather and water.  That is what I’m hoping for.

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has determined that the eastern cougar is now extinct.  Those few cats people see around here are released pets and are probably the South American cougar.  The Eastern cougar will be removed from the endangered species list.  You can read the story by CLICKING HERE.

TWRA says it is only a matter of time before the Western Cougar moves into our area.  Now, there are plenty of whitetail deer for cougars to eat.  If they do inhabit our area I wonder if they will be protected? If they inhabit our area I know I will walk around being a little more protected. 

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

Byron Begley
March 13, 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
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Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
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Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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