Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny, windy and 75 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The wind has been blowing for two days.  I ran into Tim Byrd at the swinging bridge.  He lives right on Little River about a block from the bridge.  We discussed the stress of living on a river.  Most people think that would be the life, nothing better.  Here, these folks worry about floods.  And, they have a good reason to be fearful.  Most of those houses have flooded at least once.  But most of the time they get to enjoy the most beautiful river in the world.

Flow is near normal.  Right now the flow is 265 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 244 cfs.  The water temperature was 62 degrees at 8:15 am.  We have a good chance for some heavy rain starting tonight.  The National Weather Service predicts heavy rain through tomorrow night, a 60% chance.  If they are right, we may see some high water this week.  Then it will cool off and be clear through Saturday.

Fishing has been good, especially in the evenings.  Yellow Sally Stoneflies are abundant and trout are feeding on the adults.  It is time to go to lighter colors with your dry flies.  Light Cahills and Yellow Sallies would be my choice.  Or I might pull out a Parachute Adams during the day.  The water temperature is perfect and the flow is normal.  The conditions are perfect right now.  If you go fishing today, wind will be your enemy and you might encounter some scattered thunderstorms. 

The lake fishing is picking up.  Finally I’m hearing some good reports.  Stan and Ethan fished Tellico Lake yesterday and did well.  Where they were fishing the bass were mostly largemouth.  Today they are fishing for smallmouth bass.  I am anxious to hear how they do.

Downstream from Townsend the fishing should be very good for smallmouth but I have not heard anything in a couple of days.  The bass should be spawning.  They are spawning in the Little Pigeon River.

So, if we get through this storm front without much change in depth and flow, fishing should continue to be excellent through the weekend. 

I talked to Walt Cary yesterday.  He makes Walt’s poppers.  For a while they were made by a commercial tyer and sold under the “Walt’s” name.  Now, the only way to get is poppers is from him and he is making them himself.  Only a few shops carry his personally made poppers.  Now, we will be one of them.  The order I sent yesterday might be filled by the end of May.  I was hoping to get them before Troutfest and we may get some.  He told me he would send what he could. 

He was fun to talk to since we both make poppers.  The steps he goes through to ensure a long lasting bug is incredible.  I think he said there are four coats of paint and sealer on each one.  They have to dry before another coat can be applied.  He uses the same hooks I use and glues the body to thread on the hook.  I do that too.  He kind of made me want to start making poppers again.  I have enough to last for years so I may wait a while.  Walt uses cork.  He told me he is waiting for some cork to arrive from Spain.  I’ve never tried cork. Foam is my choice because it is easy to get and easy to work with.  I may try some cork or balsa.  That would be something new for me.  I guess I would need a tiny band saw and use a Dremel Tool to shape the body.

Paula needs 6 volunteers to help with the casting contest at Troutfest.  She needs 3 on Saturday May 14th and three on Sunday.  You would need to work from 11 am til 2 pm, just three hours.  The casting contest is going to be more like a golf course for casters with multiple casting stations.  The volunteers will be score keepers.  If you would like to help please contact her by e-mail by CLICKING HERE or call her at the shop.  Troutfest requires 160 volunteers and each hour is counted as in-kind funding for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  You time will be leveraged to obtain grant money for the fisheries department.

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 26, 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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Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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