Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful, clear morning here in Townsend. Water temps cooled down a bit overnight. The river ws 64 F this morning at the Swinging Bridge. The streams will be cooler in the Park and the higher elevations.
We received some heavy rain last night but it was short lived. Water levels are higher today but still in the normal range. The streams in the Smokies are running clear. According to the GSMNP weather report it looked like more rain fell in the Mt. LeConte/Sugarlands area. Streams in the portion of the Park may be a little higher.
Paula and Byron have the boat out for the next several days. It looks like they have caught a good break and the weather is forecast to be nice. If you fish the mountains this time of the year you always need to stay vigilant about late afternoon thunderstorms. Even when the forecast is calling for clear skies there is always the chance that a thunderstorm will form over the mountains. Not forgetting to mention lightning, but you need to stay aware of water levels. It may be dry and sunny where you are, but it may have just poured up river.
Fishing has been good in the Smokies. Yellow is still the main color. There was a good sized yellow mayfly on the front door of the shop this morning. Early and late are going to be your best times for fishing on the main river. This should limit your exposure to the inner tubers also. If you are going to be out all day I would go explore one of the higher elevation streams. The water will be cooler and the higher gradient of the streams keep the water more oxygenated.
The Elkmont Fireflies have begun their yearly rituals. I have read that the Elkmont Road will be closed at 5pm each night for about 2 weeks. Unless you are camping at Elkmont I think I'd find an alternative spot to fish for the next while. We found out this morning that the shuttles which are running from Townsend to Elkmont for the fireflies are completely booked for the entire duration. To see the fireflies you'll have to drive to the Sugarlands Visitor Center and take a trolley to Elkmont.
It looks like a beautiful day out. If I could I'd sneak away and wet a line.
Have a great day and week. Thank you for being here with us.
June 7, 2010
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