Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
April 5, 2010

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Townsend is peaceful this morning following a busy holiday weekend.  It is warm and comfortable.  Vegetation made great strides over the past couple of days.  Flowering trees and wildflowers are showing brilliant colors in the valley.  May Apples are popping out of the ground after a long winter dormancy.  The redbuds are showing their colors too.  Easter weekend was a beautiful weekend.

Fishing is good.  The water warmed and the trout have become more active.  Higher than normal water, early last week, has now receded back to normal, almost exactly normal.  The flow this morning in Little River is 357 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 353 cfs.  That is about as “normal” as you can get, based on 44 years of data.  The water temperature in town is 54 degrees.

In the Smokies, some anglers reported good fishing and others said it was slow.  Though I didn’t personally talk to them I bet the lower elevations were best. Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are hatching and breeding as are other aquatic insects. Dry fly fishing for trout is good.  Nymping is good too. 

Smallmouth bass are becoming more active in the rivers and lakes.  Paula and I were catching them in about 2 feet of water in the lake.  We didn’t catch a lot and most were in the one pound range.  But they sure did fight.  Paula lost one big one Friday.  I bet the males have moved into the shallows and the larger females are still deeper.  On three different occasions, one of us was fighting a bass and another fish was trying to take the fly from the hooked fish.  One time a bass I was fighting regurgitated a large minnow during the battle and the other bass ate it.  Yuk! 

It is going to be very warm for a few days.  I think the fishing will just get better.  We may get thunderstorms on Thursday.  The forest is dry.  Parts of Virginia and West Virginia were under a fire watch this weekend.  Elevated fire danger is expected here tomorrow and Wednesday according to the National Weather Service. 

I went turkey hunting Saturday.  I think that was the only time I hunted and didn’t see at least one wild turkey.  I didn’t see any but I heard some.  Saturday afternoon I moved my blind up to the field next to our barn.  Yesterday morning when we were going fishing I could hear gobbles and clucks from that direction.  And this morning, 16 turkeys ran right in front of me from the direction of the barn.  I’ll slip down there before daybreak one day this week and see what happens.

Will the Dow Jones Industrial Average close above 11000 today?  Maybe.  The Dow is up 40% over the past 12 months.  Futures trading this weekend trend toward a increase this morning.  Right now the Dow is up and at 10,931.  Once we hit 11000, add 30% increase to that and we’ll be where we were before the recession.  The March jobs report showed the largest job increase in three years according to the Wall Street Journal this morning.   The report was released Friday and the markets were closed for the holiday.  The jobs report was expected to be better due to the government hiring of census workers. The government fell short of expected hiring.  But the private-sector rose more than predicted according to the Journal.

The Wall Street Journal also reported a rebound in pickup truck sales.  Full size pickup trucks are often bought by small businesses so this is an indicator that small business is picking up.  Increased sales in full size pickup trucks for March compared to a year ago are as follows:  Ford +30%, Chevy +27%, GMC +22% and Toyota Tundra +94%.

What does all of this have to do with fishing?  I don’t know, I guess it depends on how you look at it.  Fishing is good, the Dow is good and trucks are good.  Works for me.

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

Byron Begley
April 5, 2010

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