Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The scattered clouds have moved out leaving us with another beautiful day here in Townsend. The rivers are flowing a bit high so be careful wading when you go. The water temp was at 50F at the swinging bridge this morning. With the sun out, the water should warm as the day continues.

I got to meet Marty from North Carolina this morning. I've talked to him on the phone countless times but never got to meet him in person. He is over here fishing for a few days and did well yesterday afternoon fishing some of the smaller streams. He said that fishing in the morning was tough but about 3:00pm the bugs started to hatch and the fishing really picked up.

We are starting to see more Yellow Sallies (little yellow stoneflies) on the streams. I really enjoy fishing this hatch. The Sallies are generally abundant, and the fly patterns, being bright yellow are easy to see. There is quite a few dry fly patterns that imitate the little yellow stonefly. They range in names from Yellow Stimulator, Sloan's Paralyzer, Little Yellow Stone, Yellow Sally, Neversink Caddis, etc. #14 is a good size early on and as the hatch progesses #16's will beging to work better.

Cooler water temps and a full moon last night might make for some difficult early fishing. The bugs are hatching though so I would head to the mountains and get there about 2pm and plan on fishing till it is too dark to see.

TroutFest is coming up quickly. This year is going to be another huge success. All of the volunteers are putting their all into it. If you are going to be anywhere close to Townsend May 15 or 16 stop by! There is also still plenty of tickets left for the banquet on the 14th.

Well I think that this report is late enough in getting posted. I better just put it up.

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

Daniel Drake
April 29, 2010


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