Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 3, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I’m taking three days off so this one is going to be brief and I’m writing it last night.  The numbers are not accurate.  Sorry!  Townsend is busy, I drove through town yesterday and I couldn’t believe the visitors we had on a Friday.  Paula and I came back from fishing and I sat in the IGA parking lot with the boat hooked up to my truck while she shopped. 

There were quite of few people going in and out that I didn’t recognize.  Since only 2,000 of us live here, most locals look familiar or I know them.  I ran into one on the river this morning and he was commenting on our boat.  He recognized it because it is always parked next to the “trout shop” in Townsend.  It is also different from most boats you see in Tennessee.   It is a deep V and not a jon.  When I ordered it last year the dealer said he has only sold a couple of them.  This boat takes me back to my childhood, that’s why I picked it.  It’s still a great boat, just not what most Tennessee boys and girls want to own.  I don’t know why.

Paula and I slept in and made it to the river at 10:00 am.  It is our wedding anniversary.  The launching ramp was packed as you can imagine on Good Friday.  We were fishing on the Little Tennessee River, one of our favorites.  There are several dams and each lake is different but somewhat alike. 

Paula was taking it easy and reading her kindle.  I ran the trolling motor and fished.  I landed a couple of nice smallmouth bass and lost several more.  I wasn’t trying very hard.  All of my fish took a black Wooly Bugger and were in one to three feet of water.  At one point Paula picked up a rod and threw a white and red Wooly Bugger.  She hooked a big smallie but as I grabbed the net she lost it at the boat.  It was a nice one.  Gary Troutman reminded me to tie some white Wooly Buggers.  Brian Courtney has proven to me that white and red work well.  I like black, for now. Maybe I need to re-think the color.

I don’t know anything about fishing in the Park yesterday but I bet it’s great.  Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are hatching and the trout are feeding.  You could not pick a better weekend to fish here. 

I’m getting ready to go down to the creek behind our house and set up my new hunting blind.  Tomorrow is opening day of turkey season in Tennessee.  I’ll be down there, way before you wake up. I might be asleep sitting in the chair.  If I get a gobbler I’ll let you know.  I released all the smallmouth bass.  The turkey, if harvested will be dinner for several nights.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.  Happy Easter weekend.  We’ll be closed on Sunday to celebrate Easter.

Byron Begley
April 3, 2010

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