Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  The sun is shining and it is very cool, 48 degrees right now.  The high today will be in the upper 60’s.  Wow!  Paula is out of town.  I slept with the windows open last night.  At about 4:00 am whip-poor-will moved into the woods behind the house and started calling.  It was loud.  He quit and I fell back to sleep.  At the crack of dawn another bird that I have never heard started calling out some kind of shrill noise.  It sounded like a smoke detector with a low battery.  It was a very loud chirp. 

Little River looks awesome.  I took the water temperature and it was 53 degrees.  That is much cooler than it has been.  On the big rock under the swinging bridge, where anglers love to sit and fish was a plastic bag and a Styrofoam worm container, left by some stupid and irresponsible bait fisherman.  I don’t have anything against bait fishing.  But, what I saw this morning gives bait fishermen a bad name.  If they left a fly box or tackle box I would know it was not intentional.  This is blatant littering.  I bet they throw beer cans out the truck window too. 

The flow in Little River is 276 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Normal for this date is 220 cfs.  So, we are very close to normal.  There is a chance for rain almost every day for the next few. 

Fishing is good.  The conditions are perfect.  It’s that time of year.  Bugs are hatching and laying eggs.  Trout are gulping them down.  Life is good.  Expect to see mayflies, caddis and stoneflies on the water.  Little Yellow Stoneflies are my favorite hatch and they are coming off.  Late afternoon and evening is best for them.  Light Cahills are hatching in the evenings too.  That last couple of hours can be great.

Ethan, who works here caught some smallmouth bass in Little River last night.  He said most of them were small.  He thinks they are on the beds where he was fishing downstream from town. 

The water is probably a little cool and dry fly action may be slow until later today.  It’s hard to say.  If the temperature is 53 here it is certainly cooler than that at Elkmont.  You might want to start with nymphs today and switch to dries later.  The temperature will warm up some by tomorrow. 

Friday, I finally got the schedule for Troutfest.  You can see the website version by CLICKING HERE.  It is quite a lineup.

If you want to buy banquet tickets the best thing to do is call here, 877-448-3474 or stop by the shop.  If you call we’ll take your credit card number and hold the tickets for you here at the shop.  You can pick them up Friday before the banquet begins.  If you arrive in town after 6:00 pm, your tickets will be at the banquet entry.  Don’t wait too late.  We hope to sell out before Friday.  It is pretty much too late to mail tickets to you.

Check out the schedule and try to be here.  Troutfest is an opportunity of a lifetime.

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

Byron Begley
May 10, 2010

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