Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a cool 53 degrees and raining this morning.  Trees, grasses and flowers are green and colorful thanks to the plentiful rain and warm weather.  It is going to be cooler, more like normal for the next few days. 

Fishing should remain excellent.  The water will be cooler Thursday morning but the sun will warm it later in the day.  But after that, warmer days and nights will get things going again.  Today would be a perfect opportunity to catch some larger trout.  It is going to be overcast with periods of rain.  You may not be comfortable but you might get the big payoff. 

Flow in the river is up a little.  We got about 2/10” of rain last night.  Flow is currently 430 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 315 cfs.  The water is still warm, 59 degrees. 

You might see some Blue Wing Olives hatching today.  They like this kind of weather.  I believe I would use nymphs.  I would pick Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Prince Nymph and Tellico Nymph patterns today.  Be careful wading.  The flow is pretty strong and due to the lack of sunshine you won’t see the streambed as well. 

Ethan and Will are fishing on one of the lakes today.  I hope they do better than Rufus and I did last week.  The water was very cold last week and the smallmouth bass were inactive or at least that’s what we found.  I caught one bass on a Meat Whistle which has become one of my favorite bass flies for this time of year.  They might do well if the water is warmer.  This cloud cover will help them fish all day.

Business has been good at the shop.  Anglers are buying higher end tackle for the first time in about two years.  Some of the higher end tackle has come down in price during that time.  Most rod manufacturers have introduced rods with great blanks but less expensive components, which opened up a new window in the lineups.  Orvis’ new reels are selling very well.  They made a lot of improvements but didn’t raise the price much. 

I was ordering warmwater flies yesterday and looking through the catalogs for new patterns.  I did order about 5 different cicada patterns knowing that the periodic cicada is supposed to emerge in May.  If that happens and they say it will, this should be a good growth year for all species of fish.  Paula and I will be on vacation right in the middle of that event.  We plan on being ready.

One of our friends and customers is the consultant who is trying to figure out what went wrong at the Gatlinburg sewage treatment plant.  A large concrete wall collapsed killing two workers at the plant and releasing hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage into the Little Pigeon River. I read some of his quotes this morning online.  Somebody is going to get blamed for this.  We’ll see how it all plays out.

It appears from what I’ve heard that there was not nor will there be a fish kill in the Little Pigeon River due to the sewage spill.  That stretch of stream, especially through Sevierville is an excellent smallmouth bass fishery.  A lot of our customers fish there.  On the other hand there are many excellent smallmouth bass streams and lakes in our area.  People don’t talk about it much.  I guess we are in trout country so the bronzeback anglers are in the minority.  When those people who know what they are doing stop in here, I’m all ears.  Our customers have helped me learn about smallmouth bass fishing.  Thanks to all for that.

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

Byron Begley
April 12, 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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