Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend this morning.  The green color is climbing up the mountains.  I noticed that Rich Mountain is still a little brown on top.  That’s the way Spring is here.  It begins in the valley and moves up daily.  Fishing follows that passage of time.  The earlier hatches we experience down here are happening up there.

It is going to be unusually warm today through Friday.  Highs will be in the 80’s.  There is very little chance for rain.  The weekend will cool down with highs in the 60’s.  Saturday is opening day of turkey season in Kentucky.  I’ll be there.  Saturday and Sunday will be cool and comfortable.

Little River looks perfect.  The water level is near normal at 303 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for today is 269 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 54 degrees.  Fishing will be best in the afternoons until dark.  Dark mayfly dry flies with a nymph following below would be my choice.  Early today I would probably start with nymphs.  You can try different patterns and may find one that works much better than others.  The flow is strong so you might want to weight a pair of nymphs and dredge.  When you see action on top, switch to a dry. 

There is a new book of writings by Harry Middleton, author of the masterpiece, “On The Spine of Time” and other books including “The Earth is Enough”.  The new book is called “In That Sweet Country”.  Ron Ellis is responsible for this book.  He worked with publishers and Harry Middleton’s family to get the stories and permission to print them.  It is my understanding that some of this text has not been published before.  Some of the chapters were first published in magazines.

The books will be available to the public in July.  But, advanced copies of “In That Sweet Country” will be available at Troutfest.  And Ron Ellis will be on hand all weekend to sign them.  So, you Harry Middleton fans now have another reason to attend Troutfest.  You won’t be able to buy these books anywhere else in May.  Well, you might be able to buy some here at the shop after Troutfest if there are any left.  We will buy some advanced copies too but won’t sell them until after Troutfest.

Troutfest banquet ticket sales are picking up. It's time for you to buy yours. You can buy them online by clicking HERE. Or call 865-448-9459 and we'll send them to you.
More volunteers are signing up to help at Troutfest but we could use some more.

If you are interested in helping send an e-mail to RONNIE BECKER our Volunteer Coordinator. Please include your t-shirt size. You will be getting a special Troutfest Volunteer T. You can sign up for 4 hours. Your volunteer time is counted as Park Service Fisheries volunteer time. Those hours are leveraged to obtain matching funds. Pretty slick huh?

Click on the photo below to visit the Troutfest website and learn more.

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

Byron Begley
April 14, 2010

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