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

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 52 degrees in Townsend this morning.  The air is very clear.  The Smoky Mountains look sharp and larger than normal.  The view from my office is beautiful this morning.

Little River looks beautiful too.  Flow is above normal at 411 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.52 feet on the gauge.  Median flow for this date is 226 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:45 am was 56 degrees.

Though the water levels may seem high to some anglers, the fishing conditions are perfect.  Fly fishing in the Smokies is very good.  Excellent hatches of Yellow Sally Stoneflies have been reported.  Also, Light Cahill type mayflies are hatching.  We just could not ask for better conditions.  I don’t know how good the fishing was yesterday.  Sometimes a front will interrupt the trout’s feeding temporarily.  A cold front has certainly moved in.  I think the fishing will be good today in the mountains.

We are recommending Yellow Sally stonefly patterns and of course Light Cahills.  If the top water action is slow, switch to a nymph.  I would use a Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Prince, Tellico or Copper John.

Wow, it is going to be in the 30’s tonight.  It will probably be the high 30’s in the valley but cold in the high elevations.  Then, we’ll warm up starting Tuesday.  The high temperature Wednesday is predicted to be 84 degrees. 

Lake fishing for smallmouth bass should be awesome later this week.  We are going Wednesday.  I can’t wait.  The lowland rivers will be fishing well later in the week as well.  There is no rain in the forecast.  I think this is the best opportunity we’ve had all year.

We are prepared for the big day.  It’s Mothers Day and we are anticipating all of you are going to take Mom fly fishing.  There will be four of us working here.  Paula and I don’t have children, but we have a cat.  If I didn’t have to work, I would take her fishing.  That’s the kind of guy I am.

Many of you know, when I moved here I was single.  I built a house on some property I bought in the 80’s.  The home was not built or designed by committee.  I designed it myself and picked everything that went into it, including the kitchen.  I had no intentions of getting married.  Paula and I fell in love and got married.  Our house is now 20 years old.

Four years ago, Paula started talking about a new kitchen.  She wanted different appliances, a larger pantry and a propane cook top.  I heard something about a refrigerator called Viking or something like that.

I wanted to do something really nice for her.  She has been a great wife.  So, instead of the new kitchen, I bought her something that would mean much more to her, a new fishing boat.  She loves her boat and I do too.  I figure I saved about $20,000 and everybody is happy. She lets me be the Captain of the boat.  

We will be taking her boat to the lake or river Wednesday.  And fishing is going to be excellent.

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

Byron Begley
May 12, 2013 

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