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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains and “Good Sunday morning to ya”.  It is overcast and 39 degrees in Townsend this morning at 8:05 am.  The trees are turning green in the lower elevations.  We’ll see that hue move upwards to the mountain peaks over the next few weeks.  It is interesting to watch that happen. 

Also, we will lose our view of the mountains from our house soon.  We can see the mountains on our side of Cades Cove during the winter from almost every room in our house during the Winter.  When the trees grow leaves, the view goes away for months.  All we see are trees.

Little River is flowing at 299 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.11 feet on the flow gauge.  Median flow for this date is 381 cfs.  The water temperature right now is 50 degrees.

Fishing should be awesome today if the cloud cover remains.  Without those leaves on the trees, the streams are brightly lit during the days when we have sun.  Fishing is much better when the streams are shaded or dimly lit.  I’m hoping today will be a dim day for your sake, if you are going fishing. 

There are plenty of aquatic insects on the water and what is there depends on how high you are in the mountains.  It seems like a Parachute Adams day to me with maybe a small nymph dangling below the dry.  You know what, a Green or Pink Weenie might just work.  I like Green Weenies for many reasons.  Top on my list is, I can often see them in the water.  Better than that, I can sometimes see trout chasing the fly.  That barely falls in the category of sight fishing.

Today is going to be warm.  We’ll see the water temperatures rise.  That, combined with the lack of sun (hopefully) should make for a great fishing day in the Smokies.

Well, the forecast has changed.  We’re still going to get rain tonight and tomorrow.  My excitement lately has been the outlook for Wednesday, my normal day off.  It was supposed to be partly sunny.  Now, they are saying it will be mostly sunny.  Maybe I’ll change the day off to Tuesday, if that works out for everyone else.

Fishing is getting better everywhere you look.  And it is about time!

I’m worn out.  I stayed up until midnight last night, a first for me this year.  Paula and I watched both Final Four basketball games. 

I’m a Kentucky fan.  I can’t help it.  I grew up there.  I was born in Lexington but spent the first few years living in Richmond, about 35 miles from Lexington.  When I was in the 6th grade my family moved to one of our farms in Boonesborough, about half way between Richmond and Lexington.  I went to school in Richmond.  My sister went to high school in Lexington.  If you grew up where I did, you were very interested in Kentucky basketball.

I was probably in the 6th or 7th grade when I went to the finals with my Science Fair project.  It was held on campus at the University of Kentucky.  I remember sitting there at my table with my project.  I can’t remember exactly what I discovered that was so interesting to judges, but I’m sure it had something to do with fish. 

I saw a man walking toward me.  I recognized him before he arrived.  It was none other than Adolph Rupp, the most famous man I had ever seen.  He walked up to my table. 

It went something like this:  “Hi Mr. Rupp.”  “Hello Mr. Begley.”  “Tell me about your science project.”  “Well, I caught fifty eight, 2 pound bass in our neighbor’s pond, and carried them in a 5 gallon bucket one mile and stocked them in our ponds over a period of a year.  My catch rate and size improved from that point on and here are the numbers.” 

I really don’t remember exactly what the project was about but I do know this.  I will never forget meeting Mr. Rupp and talking to him.  He even shook my hand.  He was such a nice person.  From then on, I pulled for Kentucky.  Last night’s game was a nail biter. 

We have a beginner fly fishing class going out to the streams today.  Rob Fightmaster, who grew up in Lexington, Kentucky will be an instructor today.  I’m sure he went to be late too.

We are open 9 til 5 on Sundays.  Come on in.

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

Byron Begley
April 6, 2014

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