Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is sunny, warm and windy in Townsend this morning.  Traffic was light earlier.  Little River is starting to look low and it is for this time of year.  I stepped on a rock to take the water temperature.  That rock has been under water all year.  It was dry on top.  The water temperature was 62 degrees this morning. 

Flow is currently 176 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 262 cfs.  We do have rain on the way.  There is an 80% to 100% chance depending on what website you read.  The radar confirms to me it will happen.  I hope it does.  It’s been a while since we got a good rain. 

Fishing is excellent in the Park, in the lower rivers and on the lakes.  This is prime time for fishing.  The rivers on this side of the Park are low and clear but fishing is hot.  I got an e-mail from Sean yesterday.  He had a good evening after work catching trout on Yellow Sally stonefly patterns.  And that is what I would use.  Yellow, small and evening activity is what you will find right now.  The fish are going to be in riffles and choppy water.  They hate low flows.  It makes it harder to hide from predators.  I you can get a dry fly to hold in the pockets behind rocks and not drag for a few seconds, a trout will most likely take a look and maybe grab your fly.  Choppy water where a riffle enters a pool is also a good spot to cast.  You can get longer drag free drifts and the trout are not likely to see you.  Fishing in clear slow pools will be a tough game. 

I would use a Yellow Elk Hair Caddis, Yellow Stimulator, Yellow Sally Stonefly or Yellow Neversink Caddis.  Nymphs will work too.  Try a Tellico or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

Generation schedules on some of our tailwaters look to be angler friendly today.  There are some exceptions so check before you go.

Good news from Bradley County came in yesterday.  Ronnie Whaley called and said he is seeing some of the 13 year cicadas.  They are not buzzing yet but they have emerged.  The emergence is moving north.  It should happen here soon.  You may not see them where you live.  The map at the bottom of the page on this website CLICK HERE shows where they are expected to emerge in Tennessee.  Look at the first map (XIX).  That map shows where the cicadas are most likely to emerge according to the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.  We have the flies here for sale.  We won’t have them on the website until after Troutfest.  We just can’t get it done.  You can call and order though.  They are expected to be active here in our County, which includes Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

These insects can create some great fishing.  They are good for the fish populations too.  Cicadas provide plenty of much needed nutrition for all fish species.

We are going to have a beautiful week after this storm passes through tonight.  It is going to be cool too.  They are saying the temperature will drop to 38 degrees Wednesday night.  The high Wednesday will be around 63.  It will warm up some by Saturday.  Fishing should continue to be excellent in the Park.

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

Byron Begley
May 3, 2011 

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