Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 18, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy again in the Smokies, at least it is where we are.  We have not seen the sun in days.  People are saying, “where’s the sun?”  Well, we may see some today.  We will have a sunny warm day tomorrow too.  And Saturday looks to be mostly sunny.  That is good news.

The rivers are receding.  The flow in Little River is currently 515 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 378 cfs.  So, the rivers are getting closer to normal.  We’ll see the water warm up some today and through the weekend.  Fishing will get better.

The snow in the mountains is all but gone in our watershed.  Mount Leconte is still reporting a snow pack.  Newfound Gap is reporting none.  The next 10 days look great.  It is going to be warm and mostly dry until Thursday the 25th.  Rain may arrive then.  But it will still be warm, day and night.

I think the fishing will really pick up, I’m talking about dry fly fishing.  Chuck was guiding a client yesterday at Cherokee.  He said they caught a lot of large trout.  They were fishing in the catch & release section.

Sunshine and warmer water will bring out the aquatic insects.  You should see Quill Gordons and Blue Quills on the water.  Warmer water increases fish feeding activity.  You should see trout sipping dry flies from the surface, some now and more later.  Spring has arrived in the Smokies and we are all glad about that. 

I’m off today and my plan is to put up some “No Hunting” signs in the gorge behind our house.  I will have a blind back there when turkey season opens and I don’t want other hunters in that area during that time.  I don’t want to get shot or have someone scaring away the birds. If I see some wild boar sign I might hunt until dark tonight for a hog.

No Hunting signs are targets around here.  You put one up and somebody shoots it.  At the hunting camp in Kentucky Frank has some big signs that we put out near his property.  They are probably around 3’ x 4 ‘ and they read something like this:  “It is Hunting Season.  For Your Safety and Our Enjoyment Please Stay Out”.  He had those made after one hunt where we had young boys and girls flying through on 4 wheelers yelling and screaming.  That kind of activity does not bode well for hunting wild game.  We take the signs down after hunting season is over.

I’ll take my signs down after turkey season.  I don’t mind people hunting back there, I just don’t want them to do it when I’m hunting.  It is more of a safety issue than anything else. 

I was talking to Mary K about turtle fishing yesterday.  She wants to catch a snapper that will yield three pounds of meat.  She lives on Little River which is loaded with snapping turtles.  I agreed to help her.  I used to be quite the turtle fisherman.  I can clean them too.  She’ll have to do the cooking.  I think she told me that turtle meat is $27 per pound.

So get ready for Spring.  It’s about time for trout, smallmouth bass, turkeys and turtles.

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

Byron Begley
March 18, 2010

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