Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. What a night it was last night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of those in the South that suffered damage or other loss as a result of the major storms and tornados that his our area yesterday afternoon and evening.  The Tennessee Valley got pounded yesterday. It was just one storm after another. I counted it up and I figure we watched Tod Howell, his weather team, and John Becker of WBIR for almost 8 hours. I don't think I saw a commercial the entire time.

As of 10:45am Thursday, Little River Road is closed from Metcalf Bottoms to the Townsend Y. You can access Elkmont Campground and the upper stretches of Little River by entering the Park via the Wear Cove Entrance (Lyons Spring Road).

The Townsend river gauge is still working correctly. We didn't get much rain here in the Townsend area. The river came up a little but it is back to 2.25' or 295 cfs. The water was just a little off color down by the swinging bridge when I took the water temp this morning. The river is looking great.

The clouds are supposed to clear out today leaving us with a cool and sunny weekend. A large variety of insects have been hatching on the mountain streams. I heard from a customer earlier in the week that they saw some Green Drakes on Abrams Creek. That is one of those hatches which you definitely cannot count on. You just have to be fortunate enough to be there when it is going on.
Little River has been fishing great. The entire length of river will be good but I'd still focus my efforts upstream of the Metcalf Bottoms Picnic area. If you are looking to do a hike and get to some fresh water, park at the Little River Trailhead at Elkmont and hike up a ways.
Middle Prong has been fishing well. I fished up there last week and had a good time. I got in the water a little before 6pm and fished till almost dark. I saw caddis in several colors, some brown and also tan mayflies and even some Yellow Sallies. I only fished a dry fly but caught several nice rainbow trout. Most of them came on a size 14 Stimulator.

If you don't have too much to clean up in your yard, this weekend should be an excellent time to hit the mountains for some prime Springtime fishing!

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 27, 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
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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