Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a bright sunny morning here in Townsend. According to the Weather Channel, the high for today will be 88 degrees. There is a 20% chance of scattered showers this afternoon. The high tomorrow will reach 89 degrees with a 30% chance of rain and isolated thunderstorms.

The water temperature this morning in Little River was 57 degrees. The USGS flow gauge read 156 cfs (or 1.83 ft). Were nearing the point where we could use a little rain in the mountains. It would be nice to have a light lengthy rain shower or two over the next few days. The water will continue to drop quicker with the day high temperatures peaking just below 90.

As soon as I left work yesterday I headed straight for the mountains. The park didn't seem very crowded at all. I fished Little River for just under two hours with a #14 Parachute Sulphur and a #16 BH Pheasant Tail nymph dropped off the back of it. Fish were striking both consistently. It was a good day.

Most of the bug activity was the same as the previous day. I continued to see large numbers of Sulphurs and Yellow Sallies. The Sulphurs coming off would be equivalent to fly sizes 12 through 16. I would fish Yellow Sally patterns a little smaller in sizes 14 to 16. Also, a Thunderhead or Parachute Adams would always be a great pattern to have in the box when fish are rising in the Smokies. Keep fishing these dry flies with a nymph dropper to increase your catch count. Pheasant Tails, Tellicos, Prince Nymphs, Hare's Ears or soft hackles would all be good choices.

I talked to my good friend Anthony Pickering not too long ago. He has been fishing several times in the park this week and has been catching good numbers of quality fish each outting. During the cold winter months, these are the days you couldn't wait for. If you find yourself with some free time this weekend, I hope you get out on the water. Fishing will only keep getting better with the warmer air temperatures. Bugs will continue to hatch and we have yet to see Little River's water temperature in the national park consistently stay in the 60's for over a week this year. Below, I included a Yellow Sally picture from yesterday.

Have a great day and good luck fishing out there. Thanks for being here with us.

Ethan McGroom
May 21, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday May 21 – Beginner Day One
Sunday May 22 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday June 11 – Beginner Day One
Saturday June 25 – Beginner Day One
Sunday June 26 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday July 9 – Beginner Day One
Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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