Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
March 26, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 45 degrees in Townsend this morning.  We got some rain last night, thunderstorms too.  I noticed the spring creek behind our house was not up much and the water was clear this morning.  When I got to Little River at the swinging bridge I found pretty much the same thing.  The water temperature is 49 degrees in town.  I was out early today so I took time to do some river watching.  I thought about how lucky we are to have such a beautiful river running right through our small town.  Little River is the prettiest river I have ever seen. 

The rain is about over.  Tomorrow is going to be nice, sunny with a high of 65 degrees.  Fishing will be good.  Sunday is iffy.  We have a 70% chance for rain and thunderstorms.  That could be good if it happens late.  Overcast days can provide for some excellent fishing.

The aquatic insects are hatching, the Spring hatch is on.  Doug was in here yesterday.  He lives near Townsend and fishes the Park often during the Spring hatches.  He commented that he is seeing a disproportionate number of Quill Gordons compared to Blue Quills.  If anyone would know it’s Doug.  He has a Phd in statistics.  He was wondering if anyone else had commented on that.  I have not heard a word.  I’ll take Doug’s word for it.  I think the Blue Quills start hatching a little later than the Quill Gordons but I’m not sure.  The bugs are similar and gray.  The sizes differ.  The Quill Gordons are larger.  Doug did say he is seeing some Blue Wing Olives too. 

So, if you go fishing and you should, have some Quill Gordons, Blue Quills, Blue Wing Olives, Parachute Adams, Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Quill Gordon wet flies.  That’s enough of a selection.  You’ll see small black Caddis and some stoneflies.  You will see some terrestrial insects too. 

Next week looks like a good one for anglers.  Paula and I are going fishing at one of the lakes on Friday.  What else would we do on our anniversary?  I can’t think of anything better.  It’s supposed to be sunny and 71 degrees.  We may reach the mid 70’s on Wednesday.  We have a chance for rain on Monday but every other day through Sunday April 4th looks great.  Fishing will be red hot in the Park.  I think we’ll see some good smallmouth bass movement in the rivers and hopefully in the lakes.  Wow, what a week we have in front of us.

Opening day of turkey season on Saturday April 3rd looks great too, mostly cloudy with a high of 69 degrees.  Unless I have to work, I’m planning on sitting in my new blind all day.  I’ll have coffee, water and food.  I will be sitting in a comfortable chair.  I may have a thermarest on the ground in case I want to take a nap.  My turkey gun will be loaded with 3 ½ magnum shells.  It will be a day, all alone in the woods.  I am really looking forward to this.  Paula saw a large flock of turkeys in front of our house yesterday.  They were all hens.

The blind will be set up for two weeks or more so I can go anytime I want.  It will be located about 250 yards from our house and convenient.  It will be dark when I walk to it and I will have to wade across a creek.  I’ll be in there and ready by daybreak, waiting in a state of spellbound anticipation for my big moment. Life is good.

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

Byron Begley
March 26, 2010 

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