Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report.  Last night when I got home for work a big tom turkey was walking around in our field right near my turkey blind.  This morning he was there again.  I bet he gets harvested tomorrow.  One of our neighbors will be hunting in that blind.  It is foggy this morning and nice outside.  I was at the swinging bridge taking the water temperature earlier.  There was someone I recognized fishing there.  We chatted for a minute.  So, far he had been luckless. 

Little River is perfect in every way today.  Flow is 357 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 351 cfs.  The water temperature was 58 degrees at 8:05 am.  The water is clear.  We had a brief but heavy rain yesterday afternoon.  There was 1/10th of an inch in our gauge this morning.  The Airport reported .68 inches in their gauge.  And listen to this, during the storm in Maryville that missed us, two cars were struck by lightning at the same time.  I didn’t know that could happen.  HERE IS THE STORY. 

Fly Fishing is great right now in the Smoky Mountains.  Conditions are perfect in the lower elevations.  The streams are at the right level and the water temperature is warming up during the day, ramping up the trout’s metabolism which brings on the need to feed.  I would start with nymphs or dry flies with droppers early.  After noon, the action will pick up and you will see more trout taking dry flies.  Use a Parachute Adams, Thunderhead, Elk Hair Caddis or March Brown.  For nymphs I would pick a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Tellico or maybe a Copper John. 

Fishing in the tailwaters has been good too.  Anglers are happy about that.  Pick a river with the kind of generation schedule you like and go. 

Some of the lakes in our area are warming and the smallmouth bass have been caught in shallow water.  The lakes are also clearer so fishing in shallow water will be best early in the mornings, late in the afternoons or on cloudy days.  The bright sun is sending the smallies to deeper water out of range for a fly fisherman unless a sinking line is used. 

That will change when they spawn which may be soon.  After the spawn they are very hungry.  You can catch them on top at that point which may be early this year, probably late April.  Where I fish that usually happens in May.

My old friend Charles from Nashville sent me some links to web cams he likes to view.  I think he was encouraging me to place one outside my office window.  I may do that if I can figure out the technology.  When I answered Charles I copied Mike Talley.  Mike is my close friend and third generation owner of the Talley Ho Motel.  I suggested that Mike mount a camera on his house.  He lives on Little River. 

Mike got back to me and was excited about the idea.  We could install some web cams and let members of our Business Alliance link to them.  Then we could all have web cams on our web sites.  Mike even suggested we should try to install one on the cell phone tower which is located outside town, disguised as a very tall tree and has a commanding view of the valley and our town. I won't be the one climbing up there to install or repair the equipment. Mike can do that.

I sent Mike and Charles’ e-mails to other members of the Business Alliance.  They all thought it was a great idea.  Some had other placement options.

Enthusiasm is building among our business owners.  I talked to Kathy at Gracehill B & B.  She knows something about the technology.  I think all you need is a high quality camera, a pc or Mac and a broadband connection.  My guess is, we would stream the video to a server somewhere.  I know there are servers setup just for that purpose.  Then we would need limited access for Business Alliance members so they could imbed the viewer on their websites.  This would give potential members an incentive to join.

If you know anything about this technology please send me an e-mail.  You never know, in a few months you could sit at home and watch the river, the town, traffic, snow storms, rain events and no telling what else. Charles also mentioned that this could maybe be part of a Wunderground site.

I think that would be a very positive addition to this fishing report.

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

Byron Begley
March 30, 2012

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