Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Some strong storms blew through here last night.  Some were severe with damaging winds.  Those storms missed our house.  Rain and thunder made sleeping almost impossible all night.  All the creeks and the river are muddy and high.  I ran into Frank, one of our police officers at the swinging bridge.  They watch the river closely during rain events like this.  He said Little River had dropped a foot since he had been watching.

Early this morning the river peaked at about 6.5 feet or near 4,500 cubic feet per second.  Now it is flowing at 3,770 cfs. Median flow for this date is 352 cfs.  We had 1.75” of rain in our gauge when I got here.  The water temperature is 50 degrees.

Fishing with a fly rod is going to be tough for a while.  It will take a couple of days for this water to recede.  Wading in most of the streams is dangerous right now.  If you really need to go fishing in the Park, plop some black Wooly Buggers in the eddys while standing on the bank.  You might get a big one on but you are unlikely to land it.

You can check for road closings in the Park by visiting their Twitter page.  CLICK HERE.  Right now the Little River Road from Metcalf Bottoms to the Townsend “Y” is closed temporarily due to fallen trees.   

We need to see Little River drop two to three feet and it will fairly quickly.  Conditions will be much better by the weekend.  It is going to warm up tomorrow.  It is going to be really nice by the weekend.  There will be plenty of water in the Smokies streams and the temperature will be just right.  Fishing should be excellent then.

Rufus and I are going smallmouth fishing on Thursday.  We’ll be fishing in his boat.  We plan to meet on the lake at 7:00 am.  The water should be clear and the bass will hopefully be hanging around in shallow water.  We’ll be using wooly buggers, crayfish patterns and other weighted attractor flies.  I’ll have one rod rigged up with a sinking line.  I’m really looking forward to this.

Just when we started to see less generation on the tailwaters we got more rain.  This has been a wet Spring and high water in the impoundments equates to cheap electricity for TVA.  Anglers around here have had a hard time getting the flows they like lately, especially for wading. 

I guess we’ll wait here for a while for the rivers to recede.  When they do, fishing will be excellent again.

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


Two employees at the Gatlinburg sewage treatment plant are missing as 1.5 million gallons of untreated sewage flowed into the West Prong of the Little Pigeon River. You can read more by CLICKING HERE to the WBIR Channel 10 website.

New reports indicate the spill might contain as much as 3 million gallons of sewage. The public has been warned to avoid contact with the river below the spill. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon flows through Pigeon Forge and Sevierville Tennessee.

Byron Begley
April 5, 2011


Ross Shaver is in charge of Parking at Troutfest. He just let me know they need volunteers for that purpose. Please contact Ross directly (CLICK HERE) and sign up. You will only need to work four hours during the weekend and you will get a free Volunteer T Shirt. Additionally, your hours will be counted as Park volunteer hours which can be leverage for cash to be used in fisheries projects. So, you are giving back to the Park. Thank you.

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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