Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy, 54 degrees and raining very lightly in Townsend this morning.  Traffic is brisk.  The green fauna keeps getting greener.  Sinus problems keep getting worse.  Fishing keeps getting better.

Little River is looking kind of low.  The flow is 205 cubic feet per second (cfs) at the “Y”.  Median flow for this date is 266 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 53 degrees.  We are expecting rain today and tonight.  We need it bad.  Our precipitation numbers are down 3.72” for the year.  What we need here is a few of days or more of a slow soaking rain.

Though the water is lower than usual, trout are active, taking dry flies and nymphs.  Actually most anglers are reporting better results on the sub-surface variety of flies.  Down here in the valley, the mayflies are getting lighter, more of the later Spring species like March Browns mixed in with other aquatic insects.  Up high where Spring is still early you will probably see a mixed bag of insects.  Anglers are seeing some yellow stoneflies already.  I would probably use a Parachute Adams and drop a Bead Head Pheasant Tail off that and see what happens.  You might encounter some hatches that don’t quite look like a Parachute Adams so if you do, change to what you are seeing trout taking on the water.  If fishing is slow on top, go deep with nymphs.

We had an earthquake in our County this morning.  It was on the scale of a 3.3 magnitude.  As far as I can tell, there were no injuries.  The epicenter was located five miles west/southwest of Maryville.  It occurred at 5:28 am and lasted for a few seconds.  I didn’t feel a thing.  People in Maryville and Alcoa felt it. 

Wow, I’m liking what I’m seeing in the Wall Street Journal.  Corporate earnings reports are being released this week.  The news looks good.  Coke’s profit is up 20% over last year.  Goldman Sach’s earnings are up 91%.  IBM showed an earnings increase of 13%.  Analysts believe Apple Computer will report an increase of 37% this afternoon.  Johnson and Johnson reported a profit increase of 29%.  The list of companies showing growth in sales and profit is all across the board.  There are some exceptions.  Harley Davidson’s profit fell 72%.  Motorcycle sales are down 24% in the U.S. according to the Journal.  I haven’t seen any numbers from home building related companies. I suspect that sector is still dragging. Today will be interesting on Wall Street.

Advertising doesn’t cost, it pays.  Lackluster banquet ticket sales for Troutfest had our committee somewhat worried.  Yesterday morning our ticket sales were down 25 from a year earlier.  Last year we sold about 300 total.  Well, by yesterday afternoon we sold 20 tickets, mostly to online customers, all sold yesterday.  Eight if them were from one man in Maryland.  Thank you sir.  We are expecting a large group to buy a wad of them soon. 

We did ratchet up our advertising budget this year for the event.  But thanks to a kind donation from Hart Graphics, our friends and printer, the actual cost this year is actually the same as last year, giving us more bang for the buck.  A post card mailed to our customers in the immediate area of several counties hit on Friday.

Jack told me about a recent smallmouth bass fishing trip where he had a hard time hooking fish.  They were catching or at least hooking some big fish!  Jack kept losing them.  He blamed it on the hooks.  Paula and I were fishing week before last and we lost a lot of smallies at the boat. 

Frank and I are planning to fish Monday on one of the lakes.  So, I’m tying up a bunch of wooly buggers on stinger hooks.  I’ve got some Gamakatsu #2, #4 and #6 stingers.  Those wide gape hooks make some awesome looking wooly buggers.  I’ll need to tie up some fluorocarbon leaders with 10 pound tippet.  If you do this use a non-slip loop to tie on the fly.  That way you will get plenty of fly action on that heavy, stiff tippet.


Though we expanded the number of vendors and exhibitors for this year's event, our booth space is almost sold out. Like I said earlier, banquet ticket sales are picking up fast. You can buy yours 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 20, 2010

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