Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and 60 degrees in Townsend this morning. By tomorrow, rain and thunderstorms will arrive.  We need the rain.  It is dry and the rivers are showing it.  I was at the swinging bridge taking the water temperature earlier and a couple of guys walked out of the stream to their truck.  One of them had a stringer full of large trout.  Down at the river’s edge I noticed several large dead rainbows.  I guess TWRA stocked the river yesterday and those fish were some that didn’t make the trip very well.  They were broad and looked like bass. 

The flow in Little River is currently 192 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 242 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 56 degrees.

Fishing is excellent.  Just about everyone we talk to is telling us about trout feeding and hatches happening.  March browns, caddis, little yellow stones and other aquatic insects are active on the water.  I would use a March Brown pattern today with a nymph dropper.  I might switch to a Neversink Caddis or Yellow Stimulator, size #16 if the March Brown doesn’t work.  It is going to be a warm weekend and the water temperature should be perfect. But, keep an eye on the weather.

Tomorrow may be iffy due to the thunderstorms.  We’ll have to see what actually happens.  Right now the National Weather Service is predicting a 70% chance for severe thunderstorms.  They are talking about hail the size of golf balls, winds to 60 miles per hour and maybe flooding. It will be cooler early next week with highs in the 60’s.  I may wear my bicycle helmet when I go outside tomorrow.  Golf balls?

Not only are the smallmouth bass banging away at flies, the bluegill and shellcrackers are getting into the action.  Frank and I are supposed to go fishing on Tellico Lake Monday.  There is a chance for rain but it will be overcast and the wind is supposed to be out of the west.  I love a west wind.  I love it mainly because it is the exact opposite of an east wind.  For some reason, an east wind makes for terrible fishing whether you are on a lake or fishing in the ocean.  And, I really don’t know why.  I just know it does.

Walter Babb, Brian Courtney and I were fishing on one of the lakes last year.  The wind was blowing from the east.  Walter said we were wasting our time.  He was right.  We didn’t catch many fish at all.

A lot of bluegill and shellcracker fishermen say that the best fishing is the time period during the full moon in May.  And that is just a little more than a week away.  I’ve always found a full moon to be detrimental to angling, especially when the sky is clear at night.  I’ve always thought that fish feed more at night under those conditions and feed less during the day when I’m out there flailing away.  Maybe these fish spawn during the full moon.  I’ve heard that too but never really noticed.

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

Byron Begley
April 23, 2010

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