Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and beautiful in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  I noticed there were a few anglers fishing in the river at 8:15 when I took the water temperature.  TWRA has stocked it well this Spring.  Most of the people who fish down here in town are using bait or spinners.  It is rare to see a fly fisherman in town.  Most of them prefer the Park about 2 miles upstream from here.  Traffic is fairly heavy.  I saw a lot of unfamiliar vehicles on my way to work.  I also saw a lot of familiar vehicles.  Every morning a man in a black pickup passes me going the opposite direction.  He has a big good looking dog that rides in the truck bed and barks at me as we drive by each other.  We always wave.  I don’t know his name but we’ve been doing this for years.

Today is opening season for wild turkeys.  Last night I saw a lonely long-beard gobbler walking around in front of our house.  I stopped my truck on our private road.  He didn’t seem to be at all worried about me last night.  But, those birds take on a different attitude when the season opens.  Once the firing and calling begins they turn into a different, more cautious animal.  I’ve seen a lot of gobblers this Spring.  I bet we have a good hunt.  I’m waiting for the season to open in Kentucky.  This year in Tennessee, I’m fishing for smallmouth bass on my days off.

Little River looks perfect and it is.  Flow is 365 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 346 cfs.  That is essentially the same.  You could not tell the difference.  The water temperature was 47 degrees earlier.

Fishing is excellent.  All the guides have smiles on their faces.  Their clients do to.  I talked to Mark last night.  He guides out of the Smoky Mountain Angler in Gatlinburg.  His clients yesterday did extremely well.  I think he said they caught about 30 trout.  Josh Pfeifer of Frontier Anglers pulled in at about 5:30 pm last night.  You couldn’t wipe that smile off his face with a brick.  His clients had a great day too.  The guy missed a 20” brown.  The lady caught one.  They also caught plenty of rainbows.  Ethan took off a little early last night and headed into the Park.  His report this morning was the same.  He caught a lot of fish, bugs were hatching and trout were rising to them. 

Ethan saw Red Quills, Blue Quills and Black Caddis.  Since he didn’t have a lot of time I bet he fished on the Middle Prong.  The further upstream you go, the earlier Spring is.  At 3,000 feet it is still very early Spring.  The air and water are colder.  That means you should see more early hatches like Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  In the valley you will see later Spring hatches.  So, depending on where you go fishing, you need to be prepared for anything.  The trout may not be picky.  They might feed on a Yellow Stimulator.  But I would try at least to present something that is close to what you are seeing the trout suck in on the surface.  Nymphs and dry flies should work too.  I would drop one off the dry.

Next week the fishing will be even better.  We’ll see high temperatures in the low to high 70’s for the most part.  Lows will be in the 40’s to 50’s.  There are exceptions.  Tonight the low is supposed to be 35. 

But, now is the time.  The fishing is excellent.

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

Byron Begley
April 2, 2011

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