Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and warm in Townsend this morning.  What a beautiful Spring day.  Activity is brisk in town.  Folks are walking, driving and bicycling around our small town.  The mountains appear clear and crisp.  Green color is moving upwards toward the tallest peaks. 

Little River is wonderful and inviting today.  The flow is getting down to normal.  Actually, normal for this time of year is kind of low to my liking.  The gauge is reading 2.39 feet or 352 cubic feet per second.  Normal for this date is 247 cfs.  The water temperature is a perfect 60 degrees.  It is going to be sunny and warm all weekend.  This is going to be a fine Easter weekend.

You could go into the Park and catch all the trout you want on a small #16 Yellow Stimulator.  You could probably catch all the trout you want to on about anything that resembles a aquatic or terrestrial local insect.  Other choices would include Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, Thunderhead, March Brown or a Neversink Caddis.  For nymphs I would use the usual stuff, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince Nymph, Girdle Bug, Hare’s Ear or Tellico.  Everyone I’ve talked to says the fishing is excellent.

I bet there will be a lot of anglers in the Smokies and on the tailwaters this weekend.  If you have not been fishing much you need to go today or tomorrow.  You will have a enjoyable day on the river or lake.  Personally, I stay off the water on weekends.  I’m always working though.  I won’t be working tomorrow.  The shop will be closed.

Downstream in the warmer water the smallmouth bass are hitting very well, especially late in the evenings.  On the Little Pigeon they are spawning.  They may be doing the same thing on Little River.  All trout streams around here become excellent smallmouth streams in the lower reaches.  Where those streams enter a lake you will find smallies there too.  The lakes are beginning to fish better. 

As we prepare for the Periodical Cicada emergence the stories, patterns and dreaming continue.  I’ve been tying cicada patterns with the wings pointed to the rear of the fly.  Gary Troutman was in here yesterday and told me something I didn’t know.  When a cicada lands on the water they often have their wings pointed perpendicular to their body and try to fly off the water.  I noticed that some of the cicada patterns I bought to sell in the shop were tied that way too.  Gary said he found some video on YouTube that showed the insects doing just that.  I found that video on YouTube last night.  Gary was right as usual.  So, I started tying the bugs with wings sticking straight out. 

Remember, this emergence does not happen everywhere.  You may or may not see them.  I bought a lot of cicadas to sell.  What if they don’t emerge here?  Well I know they are going to be emerging all around us for sure and we sell a lot of flies online.  I’ll have these patterns online next week for sale.

We are very busy at the shop.  I can tell our Country’s economy is improving and unemployment numbers are getting better.  The markets are performing extremely well.  In two years the DOW is up 50% and the NASDAQ has doubled.  People are feeling better about the economy.  So am I.  I also think people are more comfortable about their jobs and fishing more than they have during the past three years.  I’m planning to fish a lot more this year.

I think I’ll fish a lot more for the rest of my life. 

Have a great weekend and thank you for being here with us.  There will not be a fishing report tomorrow.

Byron Begley
April 23, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday March 26 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday April 30 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 1 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday May 7 – Beginner Day One
Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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