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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is overcast and chilly, 48 degrees.  We even have a little drizzle going on.  I noticed my neighbor was turkey hunting this morning.  There were two decoys set up near our road and a hen was walking around looking at the fakes.  I guess he was waiting for her to draw a in tom within his range.  Human activity is high too.  The restaurants were packed when I drove by on my way here. 

The rain that was predicted yesterday and last night did not occur.  The front moved just to the north of us.  Little River’s flow is about what it was yesterday morning, 284 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 251 cfs.  The water temperature was 55.6 degrees at 7:55 am.  The water temperature yesterday reached 58.5 degrees in the afternoon.  That is about perfect.

It is going to cool off for a couple of days.  The highs through Tuesday will be in the low 60’s.  Lows will be in the high 30’s.  Then we’ll see a slight warming trend later in the week.

Fishing in the Smokies has been great.  I talked to Charlie from Lexington Kentucky.  He and a buddy have been camping at Elkmont.  He said the bugs started hatching about 11:00 am every morning and the fishing was fantastic.  Other anglers I talked to were catching a lot of fish.  The action is better in the afternoons.

Hatches include Yellow Sally stoneflies and Light Cahills.  Caddis are on the water too.  About any normal pattern will work.  Try a Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulator or Thunderhead.  Even Green Weenies are starting to work.  Bead Head Pheasant Tails and Copper Johns are producing according to anglers I talked to yesterday. 

The tailwaters are fishing well for trout and smallmouth bass.  It seems the cooler weather has put a damper on the topwater fishing on the lakes.  Jack told he yesterday to give up and go to a Wooly Bugger with some weight this week.  The predicted colder temperatures will certainly make that switch from the top to fishing several feet deep a must.  I hate that but I guess that’s what I will do this week.

My guess is the bass in the lowland rivers are taking streamers too.  Maybe I’ll try that this week as well.

I am working on an e-newsletter to be e-mailed tomorrow.  Sign up at the bottom of this page if you have not done so.  Thousands of people get these occasionally and I don’t know where they are.  All I have is an e-mail list with no associated names.  It takes at least a day to design one of these mailers.  This one will take longer.  I am designing two versions. One is narrow to fit in your e-mail window.  The web version is wider. 

There will be some interesting information about Troutfest.  And, it will emphasize two items that will be auctioned at the banquet on Friday, May 18th.  One is a Walter Babb bamboo rod.  Walter made this rod specifically for Troutfest.  Another prize that will be auctioned is a day of fishing with Lefty Kreh and Josh Pfeiffer.  Josh is a local guide who specializes in smallmouth bass.  Lefty is staying over an extra day and night after Troutfest to go on this trip.  In an e-mail I got from Lefty, he said “I’m pumped” about this trip.  Whoever buys this trip is going to have the time of their life.  Josh has a great drift boat and the lucky angler will be floating with Josh and Lefty in some prime smallmouth water.  I know.  I’ve been there with Josh.

There will also be two fly tying instruction pages showing you how to tie some great patterns.  One will be a Yellow Sally tied by Steve Yates.  The second will be a Puglisi Threadfin Shad that I’ve been using in the lakes around here for years. 

So, watch your e-mail tomorrow for this.

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

Byron Begley
April 22, 2012

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