Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm this morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  You should see the dogwood trees.  The blooms are magnificent.  So are the redbuds, especially the ones in front of our store.  They are a special variety, grafted by some friends of our in the tree business.  Traffic is kind of slow in town.  The motel and lodge staff are working on the grounds at their properties getting ready for the tourist season.  So are the restaurants.

It is going to be hot for a couple of days.  Then it will cool off some Saturday. Little River is at almost normal flow.  Today it is pouring 280 cubic feet per second (cfs) through the valley.  Median flow on this date is 293 cfs.  The water temperature in town is a perfect 57 degrees. 

Fishing is good, especially in the afternoons until dark.  Dry flies are working, nymphs are producing and streamers will too if you prefer them.  The mayflies are still a dark in color in higher elevations.  Some are dark and some lighter down low.  Try a Parachute Adams with a Bead Head Pheasant Tail dropper.  Or, try nymphs fished weighted and deeper if nothing is happening on top.  The trout are hungry and active.  So are the smallmouth bass in the lower elevation rivers and lakes.  Fishing is great.  Get out there.
Trailhead steak house is re-opening the first weekend in May, just in time for Troutfest.  The owners asked Paula and I to be there when a wine salesman brought by samples this week (after work).  We tried a lot of different wines. The salesman would pour a very small amount in our glasses.  Everyone would take a sip and discuss the taste and smell. I didn't say much. Then, they would pour the rest of the wine in a bucket sitting on the table.  I always finished mine.  And I lamented to myself about everyone else pouring perfectly good wine in a bucket.  Heck, pour it in my glass!  They all tasted good to me.  The wine came in a real glass bottle, not a cardboard box.

We’re leaving in a few minutes for Kentucky.  It’s our annual Spring turkey hunt.  Tonight there will be 7 of us at the hunting cabin.  Those guys have been my friends for 53 to 18 years.  Four of us live in Tennessee and 3 in Kentucky.  We will have the time of our lives.  I’m as happy as a hog in slop.  


To those who have bought banquet tickets online you may have noticed your charges didn't show up on your credit card statement. Bill and Sheila handle the transactions and mail the tickets to you from their home. According to the hand written directions give to them by the credit card processer, the maching would upload automatically every night. It didn't. So they know now to do it manually after making entries. Your charges will show up now. Though you are buying your tickets from our shop's website for security reasons, the actual charge will be deposited in and will show on your statement as the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

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 15, 2010

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