Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I’m here very early.  The sun is shining and it is 70 degrees right now, already.  Traffic was fairly heavy to be as early as it is.  Visitors are seeking cooler temperatures in the higher elevation mountains.  It is going to be another hot, dry day in Townsned.

Fishing is good if you are in the right place.  Most of the anglers I’ve talked to who have done well are going to the high elevation brook trout streams.  I’m sure they are doing well at mid elevations too, especially early and late.  The water is very low.  Flow in Little River is currently 75 cubic feet per second in town.  Median flow for this date is 187 cfs. 

You need to concentrate on staying hidden from the trout.  They will be in the riffles that provide cover from predators and plenty of oxygen.  I would fish with dry flies, mainly yellow patterns.  My choice would be a Yellow Stimulator or Neversink Caddis.  We were out of those caddis patterns by the end of last weekend.  We did receive 24 dozen yesterday.  Those won’t last long.

Wear clothing that blends in with your surroundings and try to get a good drift in those riffles.  You should keep as much line off the water as you can and keep that fly moving at the same speed as the current it is in. 

This morning I am going to attend a memorial service for Lt. Colonel Frank Bryant, Jr.  He died in Afghanistan about a month ago.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery.  His parents are very good friends of ours.  They own Chota Outdoor Gear in Knoxville.  The service will be held in Knoxville.

So, to make sure I get there on time and to cover getting lost on the way, this report will be short.  I’ll be back tomorrow.

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

Byron Begley
June 4, 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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