Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is bright sunny day here in Townsend. Yesterday was a busy day here at the Shop. I would have figured it'd be quiet after TroutFest. This morning was a bit bust also which is why the Fishing Report is a little late in being posted. We had an Onstream Beginner Fly Fishing Class going out this morning. Everyone showed up and got set and now they are learning that casting in the mountains is a bit different that casting on the grass.

Water temperatures have been excellent. They should warm into the low 60's during the day but have been cooling back down over night. It is going to be a warm day out there. Don't forget the sunblock. Looking at the weather forecast it is fairly simple. 30% chance of afternoon thunderstorms and highs in the mid to upper 80's. That is typical of late Spring and Summer fishing. Keep an eye and ear on the weather. Thunderstorms can pop up very quickly and cause issues such as lightning and flash floods. Just because it is sunny where you are doesn't mean that it didn't rain 3 inches upstream. Keep vigilant.

Fishing has been great in the Smokies. There is pleanty of insects hatching of all varieties. Yellow Stoneflies (yellow sallies) have been coming off in the afternoons and evenings. There has been small and large mayflies in light colors especially yellow. Don't forget about the Green Weenies! On the subject of green...if you are fishing in the higher elevation brook trout streams, take a look at the little stoneflies. You'll notice that they are more chartreuse than yellow. Having a few green stoneflies in the box can be an advantage.

Well since this Report is already late I'll keep it short. Have a great day and good luck fishing out there. Thanks for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 22, 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
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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