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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is a beautiful morning.  The sun has already risen over the mountains to the East.  The temperature is 58 degrees.  The warm weather is back.  Fishing is getting much better.  I couldn’t be happier.  Also, business is really good at the shop.  That helps my outlook greatly.  At 8:00 I will be a guest on a live radio show in Nashville.  We will be talking about fly fishing here and Troutfest.  I got here early so this report would be underway before the show.  If I knew which station it is I would tell you to tune in.  I just don’t know.

Yesterday I mentioned listening to a wild turkey gobbling behind our house before I drove to work.  Well, when I got home last night and stepped out of the truck I heard a shotgun blast nearby.  Maybe one of our neighbors got him.  These young guys are relentless.  Every weekend morning, including today, I drive by their decoys.  They have a new one that I saw this morning.  It is a gobbler with a fanned tail.  They are out there hunting again. 

We have plenty of water.  Some people consider Little River to be high.  It is somewhat high compared to normal but to me it’s perfect.  Flow is 344 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 245 cfs.  The water temperature was 57.5 degrees at 7:30 am.

Fishing is good in the Smoky Mountains.  Nymphs are still working best in the mornings.  Dry flies are producing in the afternoons.  I would use anything that resembles a small Yellow Sally stonefly, a Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis or a Light Cahill.  Daniel told me yesterday we got in some Yellow Neversink Caddis.  We were out for a few days.  That is one of our most popular flies running close with a Parachute Adams and Bead Head Pheasant Tail. 

I assume the lowland rivers are fishing much better.  I don’t know if they are all clear right now.  Little River looks good.  The temperature is good.  The water is a little deep in our river and others might be worse.  I would certainly fish for smallmouth bass in Little River today.

I would imagine the lakes are warming up some.  I will find out on Monday.  I heard yesterday the shellcrackers are on the beds downstream from us on the Tennessee River.  Those guys are a lot of fun on a fly rod. 

Well, it’s time for the radio show.  I’ll be back in a few minutes.  I called and talked to the producer.  They are taking a commercial break.  He told me to hang on for about 4 minutes.  I am listening to commercials on the phone.  Hmm, a commercial about hair loss restoration.  Before that, a commercial about chain saws.  I’ve got a feeling this is a guy show.  Now they are talking about the show.  It is Hunt & Fish Radio. They played a song about duck hunting. I think I’m next. 

Well, that was pretty cool.  We talked about the store, the Park, brook trout restoration and Troutfest.  It is 8:11 am so I was on the air about 8 minutes.  Incidentally, Bob Clouser was the guest before me.  He also talked about Troutfest and his role in the event.

I enjoy media.  I like advertising and news, be it on television, in print or on the web.

Much of my adult life was spent owning and operating a printing business.  I loved that business.  I guess it was a natural progression to become so interested in web design, web advertising and web fishing news.  That is why I get here early and write this fishing report, almost every day. 

What I like doing is communicating with people especially about fly fishing and our small resort town.  For the last two days I have been re-designing our wader department.  I have designed and printed tons of little signs describing the features of waders and wading boots.  Each small sign is printed using a photo color printer on coated papers.  Some are mounted on Gatorboard and attached to the wall using Velcro.  Other pieces are placed in a clear plastic sign holder.  I know that sounds boring to most folks, but that is one thing I like to do.  I will continue today with much enthusiasm.

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

Byron Begley
April 28, 2012


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