Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 19, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It was foggy and cool earlier but the sun burned off the fog and it is warming up.  I noticed some new green vegetation yesterday in the forest.  I also saw a lot of Blue Wing Olives hatching in the spring creek behind our house.  What I didn’t see was fresh wild boar sign.  They have not been active lately on our property.  So, I didn’t go hunting last night like I hoped to.

Little River looks spectacular.  The flow is currently 479 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 365 cfs.  You can see that the water level is dropping daily and it will continue to do so until Sunday.  We are expecting rain on Sunday.  The water temperature this morning was 46 degrees. 

There are some hatches in the lower elevations.  This is not prime time yet but it’s getting close.  You should see Blue Wing Olives, Quill Gordons and Blue Quills on the water.  I would start out today with nymphs then switch to dry flies with a dropper later.  The adult flies are mostly grey this time of year.  For a dropper I would use a bead head Pheasant Tail or Quill Gordon wet fly.  Streamers and big nymphs fished deep might pay off.

Fishing is getting good.  Chuck and one of his buddies caught some big trout in Cherokee’s catch & release area.

Little River road is closed from the “Y” in Townsend to Metcalf Bottoms.  HERE IS A LINK TO THE STORY.  A large rock slide located two miles below Metcalf Bottoms is the problem.  The road is completely blocked.  The Park Service does not have equipment large enough to remove the huge boulders blocking the road.  They will have to hire a company to remove the slide.  That could take some time.

You can enter the Park at Townsend and fish the Middle Prong and West Prong of the Little River.  You can fish Thunderhead Prong and Sams Creek.  Laurel Creek can be accessed.  I guess you could walk up the East Prong and fish. 

If you want to fish in the Metcalf Bottoms area or drive to Elkmont you can enter the Park on Lyons Spring Road off Wear’s Valley Road.  That puts you right in the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic Area.  Most anglers like to fish above Metcalf Bottoms anyway.  But, if you are driving a large motor home, large travel trailer or bus you won’t be able to enter here.  There is a small one-lane bridge crossing Little River right at the picnic area.

This will cause problems for some people who want to camp at Elkmont.  If you have a large camper you will need to drive to Pigeon Forge, then to Gatlinburg and continue on to the Elkmont Campground.  Hopefully this won’t be a problem for long.  Remember too, the Cades Cove Loop Road is closed for road re-construction.  It is scheduled to re-open in mid May.

The weather is going to be really nice today and tomorrow.  This is a great time to be out there fishing.

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

Byron Begley
March 19, 2010

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