Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is cloudy this morning in Townsend. I am starting the Fishing Report earlier and hopefully I'll be able to write a more complete on than yesterday. The weather forecast is calling for rain this afternoon. Rain will be a welcome change. We have only had 0.26" in June. I was looking at the different forecasts for this weekend. is calling for 90's as the high for the next few days. I prefer the forecast from They are calling for a high of 79F on Friday. That is the one I'm going to hope for.

We still have one spot left available in our Aquatic Entomology Class with Dr. Brad Cook on July 17th. This is a fun and informative class. To grab the last spot just be the first one to give us a call. Cost is just $100.

We have been hearing some good fishing reports from the Smokies. Yellow dry fly patterns continue to do well. On one of the Shop's front windows this morning I saw a yellow sally and a sulphur mayfly.
#14 and #16 are the best sizes on the yellow stoneflies. Mayflies will range from $14 to #18. Don't forget about terrestrials. Ants and beetles work well. Some of these patterns can be tough to see so fish them as a dropper behind a yellow stonefly.
All the basic nymph patterns are good. BH Pheasant Tails, BH Prince, Tellico nymphs etc.

The water is warming up which means oxygen levels are dropping. Concentrate on fishing the pocket water and faster runs. In the lower water this type of water will also help you to stay more hidden.

Mike Bone of Clinch River Outfitters stopped in yesterday to pick up some fly tying supplies. He said that the Clinch was fishing well. They are mostly using small midge patterns like Zebra Midges.

Byron just stopped in. He and Paula had a couple of good days fishing on the lakes. I'm not sure how the smallmouth fishing was but Byron caught two good size carp yesterday on a minnow pattern.

Byron will be back doing the Fishing Report tomorrow morning. Thanks for reading my reports for a few days. Keep an eye and ear to the weather if you head out fishing....and have a good time.Have a great day and week.  Thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 9, 2010  

Little River Outfitters will be hosting a book signing with Ron Ellis on Saturday June 26, from 1 to 3pm. He will be signing copies of the new book "In That Sweet Country, Uncollected Writings of Harry Middleton". I figured 1-3 was a good gives the anglers who venture out early in the day enough time to fish then come in for lunch and to meet Ron and for the anglers who are coming to Townsend to fish the evening hatch to stop in then head to the streams.

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