Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful quiet morning here in Townsend. The sun is shining bright. It is going to be a hot day with highs forcast to get almost into the 90's. Rain chances increase tomorrow afternoon and night. A bit of rain would be a welcome change. We could use some rain to help with water levels. Reading on the National Weather Service page we are (the Knoxville Airport actually) is 2.58 inches above normal since January 1. What is effecting us is that we are 2.65 inches below normal for the month of May. Water elvels aren't too bad yet. A few nice rain showers can still fix things fairly quick.

Ethan just stopped in. He spent yesterday fishing in the Tremont area yesterday. He said fishing was excellent and had some photos to verify his claims. Tremont has been fishing well lately. Most everywhere in the Smokies has been fishing well. Josh Pfeifer of Frontier Anglers posted on their facebook page that fishing in the mountains is great on Yellow Sallies.

Dry fly patterns have been producing well. Small yellow or light colored mayflies such as sulphurs and cahills have been working well. Elk hair caddis in a variety of colors in #14-#16 have been good. Yellow Sally patterns continue to work exceptionally well. There aren't too many patterns called "Yellow Sally" but any fly that imitates a small yellow stonefly will work. Stimulators, Sloan's Paralyzer, Neversink Caddis, Little Yellow Stones...etc are all excellent choices.

The weather forecast is calling for warm temperatures over the next several days. This is a great time to break out the wet wading gear and head to some of the smaller, higher elevation brook trout streams. You will find cooler air temps andcoler water temps. Oh..and the fishing should be very good too.

When I woke up this morning I realized that I annouced yesterday that we got in some Korkers boots....and that I forgot to change the Online Catalog to have inventory so people can buy them. That is fixed now.

Try to take advantage of the good conditions! Have a great day and good luck fishing out there. Thanks for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
May 25, 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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