Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Drippy rain was falling this morning when I got to Townsend. So far it hasn't amounted to much. The weather reports are calling for partly sunny by this afternoon. There wasn't much of anything on the radar out to the West so there is a good chance that this will happen. Partly sunny and highs in the low 70's sounds like a great Spring day to me.

We didn't hear any killer fishing reports from yesterday. The Frevert brothers from Ohio came in this morning. Most of the activity that they witnessed on Friday was subsurface.

Water levels are still perfect this morning. With as light as the rain has been I don't expect levels to come up much at all. Water temps have been remaining fairly constant also.

Fly patterns for this time of year are pretty varied. There is a good variety of different insects hatching. Like always here in the Smokies, these hatches can be sporadic. Just because you don't see a big mayfly or caddis hatch doesn't mean that the trout aren't looking up. It is good to have a fly box full of choices. One pool you get to the trout may be gorging themselves on mayflies, while just around the bend they may only be looking to caddis. This can make it more difficult to figure out what they are keying on, but hey...isn't the challenge part of what it is about?

It should be getting very close to caddis time on the Holston River. Good sized fish eating dries sounds like a fine reason to sneak away for an afternoon.

There is a pile of Fishpond boxes down stairs screaming for me so I better get to it. Enjoy this cooler weather while it lasts!

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 17, 2010

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