Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful day in Townsend this morning. The sky is blue. It looks like it is going to be another gorgeous Spring day in the Smokies. Byron and Jack have the boat out on the water today. Hopefully it is more successful than the last trip. I think it should be. Conditions are MUCH better today.

With TroutFest behind us the mountains are a bit quieter for now. There is still a little time before all the kids are out of school for the Summer.

It's a tough thing to say where to go fishing today. Everywhere has been doing well. Yellow Stoneflies have been hatching in the Smokies making for some good fishing all day and some excellent fishing in the evenings. The Clinch, Holston, South Holston, Watauga, and the Hiwassee have all been fishing very well. People ask when the best time to fish is.....well we are right in the middle of that time.

If you head to the Smokies today, I'd have a nice mix of flies in the box. Earlier in the day I'd try a Parachute Adams, #14-#16 with maybe a BH Pheasant Tail dropped behind it. A Light Cahill dry could be another good way to go. After a bite to eat of dinner I'd tie on a Yellow Stimulator or Rubberleg Stimulator in a #14 or #16. These patterns work well in the rougher broken water.

There is a new book out. It just became available with a debut at TroutFest. It is called, In That Sweet Country, Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton. This collection offers thirty-five remarkable stories and a rare poem. If you enjoyed Middleton's other books, On the Spine of Time and The Earth Is Enough, you should add this title to your must read list.
We haven't gotten it added onto the Online Catalog quite yet but I'll be working on that in the next few days. You can order it by giving us a call. The price is $29.95 and it is a hard cover.

I'm already late in getting the Report up so I better just cut it off. Byron will be back tomorrow with stories of monster smallmouth.

Thank you for being here with us.  Have a great day.

Daniel Drake
May 20, 2010


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