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

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report from the Great Smoky Mountains.  I’m at home this morning and Daniel is off. So I’m writing the fishing report from here.  It is chilly outside, 51 degrees.  This is going to be a beautiful day, sunny and a high of 71 degrees.  This cool spell is supposed to last for a few days.

Little River is flowing at 227 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 220 cfs.  The water temperature plunged to 58.5 degrees with the reading taken at 6:15 am. 

Anglers who fished yesterday got wet.  We had a continuous light rain almost all day.  I know because I was one of them.  Frank is here and we fished all day yesterday and we’re going to do the same thing again today.  We were on the lake.  Doug was there in his boat too.  Also, Rufus and his buddy were fishing.  And fishing was slow.  On Monday, fishing the same banks with the same flies, fishing was excellent.  Smallmouth bass were taking Knuckleheads on Monday right off the surface.  But not yesterday.  Frank caught two average smallmouth bass, Doug caught a couple and Rufus’ boat may have caught one or two.  But overall, the fishing was way off.  We couldn’t even catch a bluegill.  I bet it is better today.

The Park is fishing great.  Trout are taking dry flies with vigor.  That may change today since the water temperature dropped last night.  I bet you will do better with nymphs in the morning then get some dry fly action this afternoon.  I don’t know how fishing was in the Park yesterday since I was off and fishing the lake.

Today through Saturday, the weather is going to be great.  It is going to be colder again tomorrow night and the high temperatures through Saturday will be in the low to high 70’s.  Then, rain is scheduled for Sunday and Monday.

This is the first week I’ve taken three days off to fish in months.  Me and my buddies thought this would be the best fishing week of the year.  So far we had one excellent day and one slow day.  We’ll find out soon what today will bring.

Next week is going to be work, work, work.  Daniel and I ordered a store full of new merchandise in preparation for Troutfest weekend.  The shipments are coming in.  We have to receive each item in our point of sale system.  Just receiving Wapsi will take me a full day. 

Since we turned Troutfest into a fly fishing exposition, our May business has been slow until that weekend.  We feel that is because 80% of the people who attend Troutfest are already customers.  Our data tells us that.  Those customers are waiting to shop while they are in town for the event. 

This year has been different.  Our business so far has been excellent this month.  The first week of May was up 37% over the 1st week of May last year. 

One reason for this surge in business has to be the great fishing we have going on.  This has been an unusual year.  Winter was warm, we have not had hardly any periods of flooding and fishing has been really good.  A large percentage of our customers live in the Eastern United States. Fishing has been early and excellent in the Northeast and Southeast this year. 

Frank and I will be on the lake all day.  Doug said he would be fishing one of them today too.  I think he is going to be on the upper end of Tellico.  We have not decided where we are going yet.  It is 7:00 am so I better go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
May 10, 2012 

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