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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy and 38 degrees in Townsend this morning.  Last night marked the end of cold nights for the next few days.  It is going to be warmer.  Rain is in the forecast for the weekend through Monday.

Little River is flowing at exactly normal at 244 cubic feet per second (cfs).  That reading was taken at 7:50 am.  Median flow is 244 cfs for this date.  The water temperature is 51 degrees right now.

Fishing has been good in the evenings but not like it should be this time of year.  Nature is mixed up.  This has been a very cool Spring.  What you would expect is large hatches of Sulphurs and Light Cahills in the evenings in the Smokies.  You would expect Yellow Sally stoneflies on the water before dark.  That does not seem to be happening in a big way.  Maybe it happened last night.  Maybe it will happen tonight.

Be ready, because it is coming.  For now, use Light Cahills, Yellow Sally patterns or attractors such as a Yellow Stimulator.  A Parachute Adams might be a good choice.  Try an Elk Hair Caddis.  Most anglers are reporting good fishing on dry flies in the evening when the water is warmer and the sun is off the water.  But, they are not reporting large aquatic insect activity. 

Nymphs might be a good choice too.  Try a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.  Drop it off a dry fly or fish it deep. 

Though the daytime highs this weekend will not be very warm this weekend, the nighttime lows will be.  So, we expect the water temperature to rise and fishing to improve.

UPDATE: It happened yesterday evening. Yellow Sally Stoneflies and Light Cahills were hatching in good numbers in the Park. There were more Yellow Sallies than anything else. A Yellow Neversink Caddis or #16 Yellow Stimulator will be the fly choice. It is going to be warm again today. It should happen again.

I am hoping the water temperature in the lowland rivers will warm over the next few days and turn the smallmouth bass on.  The lakes should warm back up too.  It is time for smallmouth bass and shellcracker fishing to be good in the lakes.  I’ve heard fishing in the lakes near us has been spotty.  They flow out of the mountains and are typically cooler than some of the other lakes.

We have been very busy at the shop.  I have hired some new folks to work with you.  I am interviewing another person tomorrow.  Our mail order business has been excellent this year both online and from customers calling us.  We are seeing a lot of customers visiting the shop.  We are happy, happy, happy.

Bill Hey will be finishing up the fly department remodel over the next couple of weeks.  We also have a plan to remodel the upstairs mezzanine area.  Jack will do that.  That will take all Summer, happening in phases.  We plan to move the fly tying materials upstairs and bring the fly rods downstairs.  We also plan to move the waders and open a small clothing department.  The accounting department will be moved into this room where I work.  I am doing the accounting now.

If you know someone who wants to learn how to fly fish, send them to us.  We have beginner fly fishing classes (CLICK HERE) and private instruction for groups up to three.  We have been teaching fly fishing for years.  Our instructors are Paula Begley, Walter Babb, Chuck Kline, Rob Fightmaster and Josh Pfeiffer. 

It looks like I’ll be stream fishing at night this weekend.  I hope to get our boat back from the repair shop Monday, then be on the lakes next week.  I can’t wait. 

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

Byron Begley
April 26, 2013

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