Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautifully chilly morning here in Townsend. The sun is up and there isn't a cloud in the sky. There was a bit of frost on the Shop's roof this morning as I arrived at work.

Water temps took a little dip last night dow to 54F this morning at the Swinging Bridge here in Townsend. The Swinging Bridge is just a convenient, easy access location for getting the water temp for the Fishing Report. As we get into the Summer months the temperature will look pretty high for good trout fishing. use this water temp reading as a is more about swings and trends than what the actual number is. Water temps in the Park will vary from this number depending on where you are at. Higher elevation streams will always be cooler.

Business was slow for a good portion of the day yesterday. We thought it was a bit odd as the rain wasn't falling very heavy. Then Ethan remembered that it was the UT Orange and White game. Midday football games almost always mean less traffic in the Shop (and usually less on the rivers too). Slow business is not a great thing....but it was kind of nice to have some time to get caught up on some projects. Ethan, who is our new recruit, got to learn the fun of packaging flies to go on the wall. I am trying to get the flies all restocked and reorganized. I had to raise the price on Clouser Minnows. We bumped the price up to $2.25 which I found is still $0.25 less expensive than Cabelas sells the same flies for.

Today looks like a great day to hit the water and enjoy some time fishing. Water levels are still excellent! The drips of rain we received yesterday didn't effect the levels at all. The rivers are all running very clear.

Due to the drop in water temperatures last night I would start this morning fishing some nymphs. BH Pheasant Tails and Hares Ears will be a good start. A soft hackle or wet fly pattern could be an excellent choice also. As the day warms I'd be switching over to a dry fly. The blueish gray flies are waning and being taken over by the March Browns and Hendricksons. Of course the good old standbys of the Parachute Adams and Elk Hair Caddis are sure bets too.

Don't squander this pretty weather. It will be hot and humid soon enough.

Have you thought that you would like to learn more about the aquatic insects that you hear about in fishing reports and see along the banks of the streams? Our class Aquatic Entomology for Anglers would be perfect for you. It is a one day course coming up on Saturday July 17, taught by Dr. Brad Cook. The class is held here at the Shop in the morning where you will learn the basics of aquatic entomology in a classroom setting. In the afternoon you will head to the river for some hands on insect collecting and identification. The cost of the class is only $100 which includes lunch. The class is limited to 10 students so sign up ASAP so you don't miss out.


To those who have bought banquet tickets online you may have noticed your charges didn't show up on your credit card statement. Bill and Sheila handle the transactions and mail the tickets to you from their home. According to the hand written directions give to them by the credit card processer, the maching would upload automatically every night. It didn't. So they know now to do it manually after making entries. Your charges will show up now. Though you are buying your tickets from our shop's website for security reasons, the actual charge will be deposited in and will show on your statement as the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

Troutfest banquet ticket sales are picking up. It's time for you to buy yours. You can buy them online by clicking HERE. Or call 865-448-9459 and we'll send them to you.

More volunteers are signing up to help at Troutfest but we could use some more. If you are interested in helping send an e-mail to RONNIE BECKER our Volunteer Coordinator. Please include your t-shirt size. You will be getting a special Troutfest Volunteer T. You can sign up for 4 hours. Your volunteer time is counted as Park Service Fisheries volunteer time. Those hours are leveraged to obtain matching funds. Pretty slick huh?

Click on the photo below to visit the Troutfest website and learn more.

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

Daniel Drake
April 18, 2010


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