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

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is sunny and 49 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The dogwoods are in full bloom and the redbuds are fading.  It is beautiful around here. 

Welcome to the Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  It is overcast and 68 degrees in Townsend this morning.  A very light shower fell earlier.  Some small thunderstorms are headed our way.  Those storms will probably not be significant according to the radar view right now.

Little River is flowing at 221 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.22 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 234 cfs.  The water temperature at 8 am is 56.2 degrees.

Fishing should be great today, and for several days.  Air temperatures are going to be warm day and night.  There is no rain predicted tomorrow or Sunday.  Highs will be around 80 degrees.  Lows will be in the mid 40’s to near 60 degrees.

The trout in the Smokies are going to be active.  The conditions are perfect.  Today will be good too unless you get caught in a thunderstorm.  If that happens, head to the truck and wait it out.  Always be on the lookout for rising water.

During this time of year, I have always used typical searching patterns.  My dry fly choices would be a Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis or Neversink Caddis.  I would use a Pheasant Tail or Green Weenie for the nymph.  Presentation and stealth are more important that the fly pattern right now.  There is a wide range of aquatic insect species on the water.  Just get a good drift and don’t let the trout see you.

Two mistakes anglers make when they first fish here are, wading where the fish are and casting too far.  The trout will be hiding in moving water.  You may see some in the quiet pools but they are hard to catch.  They see everything and they will take off when they see you.  Fish where riffles enter pools and the water is choppy.  Fish the faster runs.  Hit the pockets behind rocks.  Try to find shaded water during the day.  Fishing will be best in the evenings after the sun is off the water.

You won’t believe how beautiful it is here.  I can’t remember when the dogwoods looked this good.  It is very green in the valleys.  The mountains are still turning from brown to pale green.  Flowers are blooming.  This is Spring at it’s best.  This is the time to be fishing in the Smoky Mountains.

I saw a lot of fishermen yesterday and talked to several.  Nobody was complaining.  How could you? 

Fly fishing for trout is usually good in April.  But, it is often better in May.  The lighter colored mayflies will be hatching soon, including the Light Cahills or Sulphurs.  You may see some now in the lower elevations.  The Yellow Sally Stoneflies will be seen in larger numbers soon as well. 

Smallmouth Bass are active in the lowland rivers.  They will become even more active as the water warms.  I think this weekend’s warm weather will make a big difference in the fishing, whether you are fishing in the mountains, on the lakes or in the lowland rivers.  This is my favorite time of year.

New restaurants are opening in town.  One or two have already opened.  The Back Porch Restaurant is now a Cajun seafood eatery.  We have not tried that one but the reviews have been good.  What was Danny Kay’s will be the “Fish House” and it will open soon.  What we call the Mexican Restaurant opened this Winter and it is excellent.  We had dinner there again this week.  Awesome!  I don’t know the name and probably could not pronounce it anyway.  The owners, staff and food are authentic. I don’t exactly understand everything they say but so far, they have understood me.  

Miss Lily’s closed this Winter but they are open now.  Black Bear Café always closes for the Winter.  They are open and there is always a crowd for lunch and dinner.  Trailhead stayed open all Winter and usually had a lot of customers, especially on weekends.

Dancing Bear closed after it burned.  We all hated to see that.  Firefly is not opening from what I hear.  I have not seen any activity over there.  I hope Debra is OK.  All the other restaurants are open and serving chow. 

If you choose Townsend as your fishing destination this Spring, you will have plenty of restaurant choices.  Good restaurants are good for tourism.

It’s not too late to sign up for our Intermediate Casting Class tomorrow.  Just call the shop at 865-448-9459 and be here.  Click the ad below to get more information.

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

Byron Begley
April 25, 2014

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