Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is going to be another hot one today in Townsend. Thankfully it will be cooler inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The weather forecast is calling for a chance of afternoon thunderstorms so just be watchful.

Paula said that Byron and his buddy Frank had a good day out on the lake yesterday. They caught some nice fish and had a good time. I don't know how long they stayed out there but I imagine that it got blistering hot sitting in the sun on the water.

When I stopped to get the water temperature this morning at the Swinging Bridge, which was 68F, I walked out on the bridge to see if I could see any fish. One medium sized something or other hit the surface on the far side. The main flow is deep and dark and hard for me to pick anything out. I did see some trout and other fish in the shallower water along the edge. They were in a big back eddy which was about half the width of the river. In that water the current is flowing back upstream meaning that the trout were facing down river. When sneaking up on fish be mindful of how the currents are flowing. Trout tend to face into the current which can be upstream or downstream.

Water levels dropped quite a bit overnight. On the Townsend Gauge they are at 1.50 feet or 75cfs. This is getting low but it is still very fishable. Concentrate on the faster, broken pocket water. The feeding fish will be in this kind of water and it is easier to sneak up on the trout there. You may need to go with a lighter tippet. If you are using a dry and dropper rig don't go too light of tippet on the dry fly as you might not have enough stiffness to turn the flies over.

We have an Aquatic Entomology class coming up on Saturday July 16th. The cost is only $100 per person. If you are curious about aquatic insects or just want to have a better understanding of what trout are feeding on then you'll love this class. The class is taught by Dr. Brad Cook from Tennessee Tech. You'll spend the morning in the classroom learning about the insects and then in the afternoon you will head to the stream to seine and identify the insects. Class space is limited to 10 students so give us a call and don't miss out.

Not much has changed as far as the fishing goes. Higher elevation streams will be a better destination if you are headed out in the middle of the day. Early morning and evening fishing has been good everywhere. Yellow dry flies have been producing well. Nymphs and terrestrial patterns have been good also.

Father's Day is coming up. If the family is struggling to think of something other than another tie you aren't likely to wear, let them know they can order a Gift Card Online or over the phone. If they are major procrastinators like me, we can even email the Gift Card at the last minute.

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

Daniel Drake
June 11, 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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