Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful, cloudless day here in Townsend Tennessee. The mountainsides are starting to green up. I like the Spring. So many people think that Fall is the prettiest season but I would have to say that an East Tennessee Spring beats the Fall by a long shot. Spring is a time of renewal. The trees are flowering in shades of white to purple. Flowers are blooming. Then as these earliest blooms fade they are replaced by the brightest, freshest green you can imagine. Days get longer and the mountains shake off the cold gloom of Winter. Spring is the season where everything just gets better as it goes along.

Anyway...time for what fishing report I can muster. Water levels are still high. The level on the Little River gauge is runniong 3.26 ft or 829 cfs this morning. That is still high for fishing. The river is flowing clear but fast. If you must go, be careful and stay out of the stream. Fish can still be caught at these high levels but conditions are not ideal. Water temps have been low overnight so fishing the late afternoon will be much more productive than early mornings.

Nymphs with a ton of weight will be a good way to go today. you can hedge your bets and fish a larger nymph with a small nymph trailer. Later in the day you might want to try some dry fly patterns. Hendricksons, March Browns, Caddis and stoneflies have all be coming off in the afternoons.

Road construction continues at the Cades Cove/Townsend entrance to the Park. They are replacing the bridge that crosses the river to the last campground just outside the Park. The road is down to one lane and TDOT has installed a stop light on a timer to control the flow of traffic. So far this hasn't created to bad of delays. If you are going towards Metcalf Bottoms or Elkmont I recommend that you should go into Wear's Valley and use the Lyons Spring Road entrance to the Park.

By now many of you have heard about the tragedy that occured in Gatlinburg a couple of days ago where two people were killed during a tank failure at the Gatlinburg wastewater treatment plant. There is major concern for what that will do to the water quality and fishing in the Little Pigeon system. We will just have to wait and see at this point. On the Message Board there is a thread on this subject and one of the member FishNHunt responded with a very informative, industry insider take on things. You can read more by Click Here.

Byron is off fishing the lake with Rufus today. Hopefully they do well and catch so bass. Even if they don't it is still a great day to be out on the water.

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

Daniel Drake
April 7, 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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