Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a bright cool morning here in Townsend. There is some high, thin clouds but other than that it is beautiful out. I'm glad that this cool front has moved in. The weather was getting too warm too quick for me. I prefer not sweaty in April. I tried a couple of different weather forecasts and they are calling for the same thing. Rain Friday evening and Saturday. I would bet that it would just be rain early on Saturday because Sunday is supposed to be clear and pretty.

Water levels in Little River are slightly higher than the "normal" reading for the day but they are still good at 2.65 465cfs. This level is still fairly high so you will have to excercise caution. Also, with levels like this it won't take much rain on Friday night to bring the water levels up quickly. If you look at the streamflow gauge you can get a feel for how the water is flowing. Paula cancels the beginner onstream classes above 2.5 feet on the gauge. At this level wading is difficult for beginning waders. 2.75 feet is getting too high for most anglers. The kayakers like the level to be around 3.0 feet. When the river gets around or above 2.75 it can still be fished but it is done much more safely without getting into the water.

Water temps are still cool in the morning but will warm nicely as the day progresses. Fishing mid day till late afternoon will be best. There is a smorgasbord of bugs hatching. Everything from large March Browns and Hendricksons to several colors of Caddis.
Starting out in the morning I would tie on a nymph pattern and some split shot to get it down in the water. Later in the day as things heat up I'd change to dries. A dry dropper rig is a great way to go to hedge your bets.

The TroutFest Journals are HERE!! Like Byron mentioned in the Fishing Report yesterday they are $5.00 + tax. This is a wonderful new fundraiser for TroutFest. The Shop purchased the Journals which we have here to sell from TroutFest and we are selling them for the same price we paid. If I have my info correct, the great folks who purchased ads in the Journal have gotten the Journal past the break-even point so now all the issues that sell go right to the donation total for TroutFest. Stop by the Shop and pick one up. It has some excellent articles and will be a perfect souvenir.

TroutFest is less than a month away now. Don't forget to get your banquet tickets!

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

Daniel Drake
April 14, 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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