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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is 42 degrees and raining in Townsend this morning.  When I pulled out of the driveway there were 7 wild turkey hens standing in the orchard.  That’s odd this time of year.  They are usually seen in pairs or alone.  This has been a strange year weather-wise.

If you are planning a fishing trip to the Smokies this weekend watch the stream levels.  They are a little on the high side right now and dropping.  We are expecting rain today, tonight and tomorrow.  One weather website predicted that we may get over an inch of rain today.  If that happens, our streams will be high this weekend.  I hate it when people come here on a fishing trip, only to find the streams blown out.  Maybe that won’t happen.  We’ll know tomorrow morning.

Currently, Little River’s flow is 537 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 382 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:05 am is 46.3 degrees.

Barring high water, fishing should be pretty good this weekend.  We are going to have high temperatures in the 70’s.  It will be cold tomorrow night. The water will be on the cool side Saturday morning.   Then, the heat will turn up.  Sunday, the fishing will be better.  Monday will be better than Sunday.  Early next week will be awesome.  We’ll see highs in the 70’s and lows in the 50’s in our valley.  Next week will be the best fishing we’ve had so far this year.  If you like fishing for wild trout with dry flies, next week will be great for you.

I’m looking at the weather radar.  It is raining fairly hard right now.  The heaviest rain is to our west at the moment.

I spent all day yesterday tying flies, cleaning fly lines, looping on new leaders and tying flies to the tippets of several rods and reels.  I keep 6 main rods and reels ready to go, strung up and assembled.  The sizes range between 4 and 7 weight.  I also have two options ready with only the reels attached.  They are an 8 and 9 weight.  I dug through my tackle boxes and bags, sorting out stuff I probably won’t use and re-stocking the flies that I know we will be using over the next few weeks.  Basically, I’m ready to go.  The boat motor needs to be attached to a water hose and started. 

I do need to pour the fuel from our boat tank into my truck, then refill with fresh fuel for the boat. I’d rather have the truck quit than the boat.  AAA does not respond to the lake and cell phones don’t work there either.  Last year David and I were stranded 2 miles from the ramp on the first voyage of the year, due to bad fuel.  We got back using the trolling motor and did some fishing along the way.

While I was doing all of this preparation, I watched or listened to TV, actually shows I can access via computer, at will.  I’m not much of a television person.  I watch and listen to the news.  Yesterday, I decided to watch some Duck Dynasty shows.  I hate reality TV.  This show was different.  I could relate to the “true to life” actors, sort of.  I like that kind of humor too.

Duck Dynasty airs on A & E.  You can watch a few episodes online.  The show depicts a real family named the Robertsons.  They own a company that makes duck calls and decoys in Louisiana.  The father, his brother and his two sons, along with the wives and their kids make up the primary cast.  The guys love to work, hunt and fish.  I’ve heard people who say they love the show.  Others think it is silly.  I liked it much better than any other reality TV show I tried to watch like the Osbournes or American Idol.  Surviving on an island by eating insects is not a show I could sit through.  So now, I’ll watch CNN, Fox News and occasionally, Duck Dynasty.  Phil Robertson, the patriarch of the family describes the story as being about money, ducks and family.  That pretty much describes what little I saw. I can certainly relate to the Robertson’s passion for the great outdoors, hunting and fishing.

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

Byron Begley
April 4, 2013

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