Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and it must have rained in the mountains last night.  Little River is flowing stronger this morning and it didn’t rain here.  Those things happen.  I just looked outside and it is raining here now.  The mountains are visible though clouds are almost touching the highest peaks.  We may see some thunderstorms this afternoon.

Townsend is quiet this morning.  I stopped at the grocery store on my way home last night and there were hardly any people in there.  That will change in June.  Tourism will kick in then.  For now, the visitors are here for the most part, only on the weekends.  That is our way of life here. 

Little River is flowing at 470 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 268 cfs.  The water temperature in town is 54 degrees, a little cooler than it has been.  Fishing has been quite good especially if the angler is using nymphs.  There are adult aquatic insects on the surface, plenty of them.  There must be more density of food beneath the surface, providing an easier meal for the trout.  They are not looking up.  I would use Bead Head Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and Tellico Nymphs.  You will probably do better if you fish them deep and vary the depth depending on where you are fishing.  That is best accomplished without a strike indicator.

I learned to fish with a nymph from Melvin Thomas of Virginia.  We were on a fishing trip in Pennsylvania.  Back then, people didn’t use strike indicators.  I guess they had not been invented.  Melvin showed me how to keep my leader tight and in constant contact with the fly.  The cast was short.  When I felt something, I set the hook.  Sometimes it was the bottom of the stream and sometimes it was a trout.  Over time you learn the difference.  You develop an innate “feel”.  This technique is really hard to do on long casts.  That is when an indicator really helps.  But, the more you use a strike indicator the more likely you are to loose the “feel”.

Something weird has happened.  The photos on our online catalog are not showing up.  All of a sudden, this big part of our business is not functioning correctly.  I better get on this with Daniel.  We are short handed and this is not going to be a good day, I can tell.

Have a great one yourself and thank you for being here with us today.

Byron Begley
April 27, 2010 

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