Townsend, Tennessee
May 30, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is foggy this morning as usual.  I can’t see the Smokies yet but it will only be a matter of time.  I noticed some traffic on the streets so there are some visitors in town.  The KOA campground had a lot of RV’s hooked up in their developed area yesterday.  The tent camping area appeared to be thin.  I don’t remember when the Park looked this lush.  Our rainfall this year has been above average and it shows in the forest. 

I hiked up to Lynn Camp Prong Cascade yesterday afternoon to take some photos for an article in the Little River Journal.  Lynn Camp was roaring down the rock face into the gorge.  I thought about the big flood when that gorge had 17 feet more water than normal.  After the stream receded, I hiked up there from the Institute.  Debris was way up in the trees.  Someone in the Park Service measured the height at 17 feet.

I think today is the first time this year the Fishing Gauge is pointing toward Excellent.  Fishing is excellent.  When I pulled into the shop this morning at 8:25 am the parking lot was loaded with cars and people.  Some were here to meet their guides.  Others are here for the Aquatic Entomology Class.  And there are anglers who are going fishing.  Business is good.  It looks like May will beat last year and May last year was very strong.  I didn’t expect this to happen.

There is plenty of water in the streams and the temperature is perfect.  You can fish about anywhere and find active trout. During the day the fishing is off and on.  In the evenings the fishing is crazy.  I talked to Alan Zaring yesterday.  He has been fishing here for years.  He said he caught around 50 trout on Thursday and half of them were caught after 7:00 pm.  The trout will take about anything right now.  I would use Yellow Sally Stonefly patterns in the evenings and probably during the day.  There are many Yellow Sally patterns.  Our favorites are a #16 Yellow Stimulator or a #16 Neversink Caddis.  That pattern is tied to look like a Caddis but the trout think it’s a stonefly.  Light Cahills and Yellow Parachute Adams are good too.  A Gray Parachute Adams and a green or yellow Elk Hair Caddis will work.  For nymphs I would use a Green Weenie or Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

Roy Hawk and Gary Verholek developed a slide show about Troutfest.  It is well done and it has a lot of historical significance.  You will see photos of Lefty Kreh, Joe Humphreys and Bob Clouser all together.  I have not seen that done before.  This show has some bluegrass music playing in the background and it lasts about 11 minutes.  Turn on your speakers, listen and watch.  The link is HERE.

The Little River Journal has some great articles this month.  You can sign up to receive our e-newsletter below this report.  The June issue will go out Monday.

It is going to be warm this weekend.  This is the perfect day to be wading in a Smokies trout stream.

You can now read past Fishing Report from the Archive located t the left and down from here on this page.  

The fog has burned off and the mountains are clearly in view.  Time to go fishing.

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

Byron Begley
May 30, 2009 

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