Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny and beautiful in Townsend today.  Traffic is light compared to the weekend.  There were cars and people everywhere around town for the Holiday.  A lot of anglers were in town and on the river most of the week.  We were very busy here. 

Little River is looking splendid.  The flow is about normal for this time of year.  Currently the flow is 284 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 234 cfs.  The water temperature was 60 degrees at 8:15 am.  I found a man and his grandson fishing off the big rock under the swinging bridge this morning.  They were not having any luck using bait and drifting it through the current.  I suggested the try another spot on the river.  If they were not catching trout, it’s time for TWRA to stock again.  The conditions are perfect.  Put and take fishing is very popular in town.  The hatchery truck dumps them in and people haul them out.  It’s good for tourism. 

Fishing conditions in the Park could not be better.  The flow and temperature are perfect.  There are plenty of aquatic insects on the rivers at times.  I talked to one guy this weekend who did not encounter any hatches and reported the fishing to be slow.  I suggested he go back and fish until dark on the West or Middle Prongs of Little River.  You will surely see bugs on the water then and trout slurping them down.

I would probably use a Parachute Adams, Yellow Stimulator or another Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern for a dry.  Especially late in the day trout will be taking those.  Try to concentrate your efforts in choppy water and in the shade.  Fish early and late.  Get a good drift and stay hidden.

We have a storm system moving in tomorrow night and we may see some heavy rain and wind.  I hope we do get some rain and put more water in the rivers.  Though the water levels are still above normal it would be better to have more.  Rainfall has been above normal this year and that’s what we like.

I would imagine the tailwaters were fished heavily this weekend.  And, the lower stretches of these river that have populations of smallmouth bass should have been fishing very well.  We don’t fish on weekends.  There are too many people and boats for me. 

The Appalachian Bear Center near our house has been busy saving orphaned cubs.  There is a good article in the Daily Times about Lisa and the center.  To read the article CLICK HERE.  These cute little bear cubs are fun to be around.  You do have to be careful though.  Their claws are sharp and very long.  Paula and I have held these little critters before.  Visitors are not allowed at the center and it is so well hidden you could not find it.  We can walk there in five minutes.  Lisa serves on the Townsend Planning Commission with me and we often talk about what is going on with her.  She is a worker and that’s what it takes to care for these little cubs.  Right now she has 4 cubs.  Two were recently released back into the wild.

Daniel and I are busy ordering merchandise to over-stock the store.  We are doing this because Troutfest will be held in three weeks.  We do as much business during Troutfest as we normally do in two weeks.  I won’t be at Troutfest for that reason.  I want to make sure customers are taken care of.  Today I’m going to order bass flies and poppers.  We’ll need plenty of those.  Many of our customers who attend Troutfest come from the southern states.  We will be totally stocked with fly tying materials too.  Last year our tying selection looked like a bare wall after the event.  It takes about two weeks to get it back to a normal level after Troutfest.

Troutfest will be held on May 13th through the 15th. This is going to be an incredible event and you should plan to be here. To learn more CLICK HERE to visit the Troutfest website.  To purchase banquet tickets online, CLICK HERE.

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

Byron Begley
April 25, 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
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Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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