Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 42 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It will warm up to the low 70’s this afternoon.  It seems pretty quiet in town but I’ve been gone for a few days and it is a Monday morning.  Daniel and Paula said the shop was slow on Saturday, maybe because of some kind of UT game.  I don’t know what kind of ball they were playing.  It seems like off season to me. 

The word is, fishing was slow on Friday then picked up this weekend.  The water was cooler on Friday.  It’s kind of cool right now, 52 degrees.  The water is looking a little low too.  The flow right now is 214 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 256 cfs.  That may change tomorrow.  There is a 60% chance for rain. The high temperatures this week will be in the 60’s and 70’s with a low 80 thrown in on Friday, that is, if the forecast does not change.  Lows at night will be in the 40’s and 50’s, kind of normal.

Trout were taking dry flies this weekend but most were caught on nymphs.  In the lower streams the mayflies are getting lighter in color, March Browns and Dark Hendricksons.  I would imagine up high you will still find the grey colored mayflies, Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.  They may be over up there too.  I noticed last night the green color has not taken over the brown on top of the mountains at 3,000 feet but it’s getting there.  It won’t be long.

Jack, Ron and I drove to Kentucky Thursday to meet up at the hunting camp with Frank, Mouse and Wayne.  It’s dry up there.  Jack fished for smallmouth bass in Paint Lick Creek on Friday before turkey season opened.  He said they were spooky and he only caught a few.  This is the first time I remember, in the past 10 years that we didn’t shoot at least one turkey.  We didn’t see one gobbler the whole weekend.  Jack did spot one gobbler from the cabin using binoculars.  It walked over near my blind next to the trees but was out of my sight because of a dip in the ground.  We saw plenty of hens. 

We always save the breast of one turkey to be fried for breakfast the next year on the hunt.  We clean, vacuum seal and freeze the meat.  After a slow day of hunting on Saturday we decided to harvest a jake on Sunday to eat next year.  We didn’t even see a jake!  We had a great time though, of course. 

We think or at least we are blaming our lack of success on the unusually warm early Spring.  We surmise that much of the mating of the birds was over.  I think we had an early mating season here too.

But last night, when I drove to the house, a gobbler ran right across the road in front of me and into the woods in front of our house.  Paula said a gobbler and several hens were in our driveway yesterday morning.  A jake came in to share the gobbler’s girls and got his rear end kicked by the gobbler.  So, you just never know. 


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

Byron Begley
April 19, 2010

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