Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is "officially" Summer now. Does this mean we can no longer complain that it is too hot too early in the year? Townsend was much more quiet yesterday than it was over the weekend. I expect that the tubing companies are making a killing this year.

I spoke with Paula a few minutes ago. They are still at the hospital. Byron's gallbladder was worse than the doctors had hope but Paula said he made it through the surgery and was doing ok. Byron will likely be off for a bit after this. I don't envy Paula the task of telling Byron not to come to work and then making him stay home.

There was no rain recorded at the Knoxville airport yesterday. Last night it looked like there was a storm over the mountains but it didn't do anything as far as bringing up the water levels. Overnight temps were much cooler last night which helped keep the water temps from warming too much more. The streams in the Little River watershed are running clear.

Fishing in the Smokies remains good despite lower water levels. Low water can be an advantage at times. It concentrates the areas where the trout will be. The clear water can make it more difficult to sneak up on the fish, but in warmer water conditions you will be focused more on the rough broken water which helps to hide you.

Yellow is still the color of choice here in the Smokies. Yellow stonefly patterns, small yellow mayflies, etc. Sizes ranging from #14-#18. The Green Weenies and other terrestrial patterns have all been good.

Bill and Sheila Bolinger spent the weekend up on the South Holston. Sheila said they had a great time and even saw some nice sulphur hatches. If you head that direction this weekend, the South Holston Fly Fishing Festival will be going on June 26 and 27. You can find out more information about it at their website this is a fund raiser for River's Way . Lefty Kreh and Joe Humphreys are both scheduled to be there.

I'm going to wrap this up and try to get caught up on the stuff to do downstairs. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 22, 2010

Little River Outfitters will be hosting a book signing with Ron Ellis on Saturday June 26, from 1 to 3pm. He will be signing copies of the new book "In That Sweet Country, Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton".

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