Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Earlier, it was about as foggy as it gets.  A wild turkey jumped Frank’s split rail fence as I drove by on our private road.  I saw a lot of cars and trucks moving toward the Park on my way to work.  We are going to have plenty of visitors this weekend.  Many of them will be anglers.

Little River is dropping very slowly.  There is plenty of water.  It was cold last night in the mountains and cool down here.  The water temperature is 45 degrees this morning.  That will rise throughout the day and by the weekend conditions should be perfect.  Flow is currently 559 cubic feet per second.  Median flow is 390 cfs for this date.  As you can see the water levels are getting close to normal.  There is almost no chance for rain until next Wednesday.

Traffic on the fishing report is heavy.  Yesterday 848 different computers clicked onto this page.  Earlier this week almost 900 people visited.  Why?  Anglers want to know when to go fishing and this weekend will be busy around here. 

Fishing is excellent or almost so.  I just overheard Chuck talking to one of his students about his fishing yesterday.  He mentioned a fat very large rainbow.  He also said he or his fishing buddy caught a 18” brown. They were fishing on the Hiwassee. He told the beginners that he caught lots of other normal trout.  It’s happening here in the Smokies too and it is only going to get better.  High temperatures are going to be in the 70’s for the most part through the weekend.  Lows will be in the 50’s.  That, combined with good water flow is going to set up the conditions we have all been waiting for.  Fishing will be excellent over the next few days.

You should figure out a way to get here now.  On the streams you will find hatches and trout feeding on the surface.  Have some Quill Gordon and Blue Quill imitations in your vest.  Caddis and stoneflies will be hatching too.  Have some dark nymphs and wet flies to use as droppers if you want to.  You probably won’t need to bother with a dropper rig.  These fish are going to be feeding.  They are entering the best time of year to find food. 

Little River through town was stocked heavily with rainbow trout yesterday.  Ronnie, our Police Chief and an avid angler himself watched TWRA stock the streams.  He said the trout were “nice ones”.

Paula and I are going to fish for smallmouth bass tomorrow.  We’ll be on one of the lakes all day.  I have a feeling that action is going to begin now.  I also think we’ll see the smallies get active in the rivers too.  Water temperature is key to their feeding activity.  We should reach their preferred temperature range this weekend.

Generation schedules on our tailwaters does not look too good for wade fishing today.  Hopefully that will change this weekend.  Power demand has to be low but stored water in the reservoirs is probably high throughout the region.  And, two of our dams, one in Kentucky (Wolf Creek) and one in Tennessee (Center Hill) are under repair at this time.  So I guess those reservoirs need to be kept low. Wolf Creek Dam is releasing 28,000 cubic feet per second. 

So there you have it.  Get ready to go fishing.  It’s time.

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

Byron Begley
March 17, 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
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

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