Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  The sky is clear and the temperature is 32 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It looks like Spring but it doesn’t feel like it.  That will change very soon, by this afternoon.

Little River is flowing at 327 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.18 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 271 cfs.  The water temperature at 8:00 is 47 degrees. 

This cold spell is about over.  The high temperature today should reach 67 degrees.  Yesterday, the Little River water temperature at the “Y” peaked at almost 52 degrees.  It should do the same today.

The weekend looks great.  Happy days are here again!  Expect highs in the mid 70’s and lows around 50 degrees Saturday and Sunday.  Fishing will be much better this weekend.  Friday will be better than today. Today may be fair or even good, especially late.

We’ll see water temperatures rise into the preferred zone for trout and fishing will be good.

If you go today, start with nymphs.  This afternoon, which is when I would go, use dry flies or a dry and a nymph dropper.  I would probably use a Parachute Adams or Elk Hair Caddis for a dry fly.  A Pheasant Tail makes a great dropper this time of year.

Carson Oldham was in the shop Monday and we talked for a while.  He owns the Albemarle Angler in Charlottesville, Virginia.  He also guides.  It was cold, wet and spitting snow.  He was fishing alone and waiting to meet a friend later.  He wanted to fish for some good browns, which he knows live in Little River.  I told him to go to Metcalf Bottoms to start. 

He came back late in the afternoon.  The pictures he showed me were incredible.  I saw one brown laying next to his rod and reel.  It looked to be 20” though I didn’t ask.  He caught some other nice fish too.

Now, Carson knows how to fly fish well.  And he knows there are larger trout in Little River.  But, overall he was very happy with the day he had on the stream.  Who wouldn’t be happy catching a brown like that in April?

I was off yesterday and spent most of it finishing the assembly of our new kayak/canoe trailer.  I’m taking it to my trailer expert today to have the wiring and bearings checked.  Kayak and canoe specific trailers are expensive.  I guess it’s because they don’t make that many.  This one is a Malone, made in Maine.  I ordered it from a dealer in Austin and it was dropped shipped from Maine.  Malone does not sell direct.

Our kayaks are made for fishing and weigh 85 pounds.  I’m at a point in my life where I refuse to lift 85 pounds to the top of my truck even with Paula handling the other end.  This trailer will make life much easier.  You can see the Malone trailers by CLICKING HERE.  We are pulling ours to Florida next month behind Paula’s Subaru Outback.  The total package with kayaks loaded is about 500 pounds.

Daniel put together an awesome School Class season this year.  Click on the ad below to learn more.  We have some new classes this year, including nymphing techniques, improving your cast and making poppers.  As usual, we will offer our beginner fly fishing classes through October. 

The Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited is holding a Troufest Banquet Friday April 25th.  This is a fundraiser dinner and auction with plenty of raffles too.  We are not holding the fly fishing festival like we have in the past.  Ticket sales and prize donations have been great so far.  The event will be held at the Airport Hilton which is close to Knoxville, Alcoa and Maryville.  You can buy tickets here or call the store to purchase them.  The cost is $50.  I saw Steve Moore (Retired Fisheries Biologist at GSMNP) in here last weekend buying his.  Matt Kulp, who is the current Smokies Biologist will be there.  And many other people who want to help the Smokies have bought their tickets.  This is going to be a great event. Please purchase you tickets by Saturday April 19th.

Get ready for good fishing again.  It’s going to start today.

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

Byron Begley
April 17, 2014

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