Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fly Fishing Report.  It is cloudy and 67 degrees in Townsend this morning.  As it is on all Mondays, traffic is light.  The weekend is over.  There are visitors here now.  People are beginning their Summer vacations.  Our town is not packed with people yet. 

Our internet traffic has dropped considerably.  That happened about a week ago.  Of course, since I need something to worry about, I was worried.  We use Urchin to analyze our internet activity.  I looked back at the same week a year ago and the same thing happened.  Our traffic today is still way up from the same time last year. It just happens after Memorial Day.  People go on vacation.  There is a large percentage of the United States citizens that have gone on vacation.  I feel better.

Fishing is excellent in the Smokies.  I saw Josh last night about closing time.  His clients had a great day.  He said there were no Yellow Sallies hatching but the trout were eating the dry flies anyway.  So, if you go, use some Yellow Sally patterns.  They can be anything from a yellow Elk Hair Caddis, a Yellow Sitmulator or one of the many choices of imitations designed to look like this bug.  I don’t think it matters.  Yellow and a size #14 or #16 dry fly should work great.

It is Green Weenie time too.  I know because a green sourwood worm somehow found its way into my truck last night.  It was hanging by a thread from the top of my windshield and swinging back and forth right in front of my steering wheel when I drove off from home this morning.  Trout love sourwood worms.  They love Green Weenies.

The lowland rivers should be clear now.  Smallmouth fishing should be good.  I don’t know for sure since I have not talked to any anglers who are fishing these rivers lately.  A couple of weeks ago, the fishing was very good.

The tailwaters are fishing well if trout is your target.  Everything depends on the generations schedules.  TVA has been generating at Norris Dam which is good news.  Anglers have been worried about the lack of fresh, cold water that the trout and aquatic insects need to survive.  They have been generating hard and heavy over the past two days for several hours straight.  It does not appear they will be generating today except for the one-hour blast that occurred at 6 am this morning.

I don’t know about smallmouth fishing in the lakes.  I’ll find out Thursday.  I do know the largemouth bass and bluegill are attacking poppers.  I found that out last Thursday.  Also, I’ve seen some shellcracker spawning activity.  I’ll check on that too on my day off.

We held our Troutfest critique meeting yesterday afternoon.  It was fairly well attended.  Our classroom at the shop was full of people.  It appears the event ran smoother than ever before and the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited made about $18,000 profit, which will most likely go to the Park Fisheries Department.  The Chapter board decides how much will be donated.

That sounds like a lot of money but we usually make more.  Attendance at the exposition was about 1,000 people on Saturday and 500 on Sunday, the same as last year.  We count everyone who pulls into the parking lot.  The problem is, some people walk to the event from motels.  The estimates we have are fairly close.

We have formed a small committee to come up with ideas about how to go forward with the Little River Chapter of TU and with Troutfest.  We will come up with ideas then present them to the membership to make the decisions.  I am very excited about the future. 

June is a great month to fish in East Tennessee.  I have plans to do a lot of that and try some new adventures. 

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

Byron Begley
June 4, 2012

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