Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Just like yesterday, the temperature is a cool 63 degrees this morning.  The sun is shining but it won’t be a hot day like we have been experiencing lately.  I stopped at the swinging bridge and took the water temperature in Little River.  It was 65 degrees.  Townsend is quiet which is usual for a weekday in June this early in the morning.  Traffic will pick up later when the tourists get out.

Flow in Little River is 63 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 153 cfs.  The flow has been running about half normal for weeks with a brief rise occasionally.  We may see that change soon.  Thunderstorms and rain are likely this afternoon and tonight.  The chance for rain, though low is in the weather station websites outlook for the rest of the week.

Fishing is good in the Park.  The best time to be there is just before dark.  The bugs are getting active before sunset, and the trout are feeding well at that time.  When the sun is off the water the fish feel more comfortable moving out into slower water to feed on the Yellow Sally Stoneflies and other aquatic insects. 

During the day you are more likely to catch trout in the pockets in riffles.  Dry flies are easier to fish and produce well in low water conditions.  But, you could fish a nymph below the dry to increase your odds.  I would choose a Yellow Sally Stonefly imitation.  Top of the list would be a Neversink Caddis or Stimulator.  They both float well and are easier to see.  You might get more strikes on a specific Yellow Sally pattern.  The parachute version works well.  Terrestrials such as beetles or Green Weenies will catch fish.

I met with a couple of guys from Trout Unlimited National yesterday.  One is a board member with a huge amount of website expertise.  A company he owned and sold bought an ad during the Super Bowl 12 years ago.  The ad cost $4 million.  That one ad launched his site and company into the big leagues.  The other guy is the marketing and strategy person for Trout Unlimited.  They are in Townsend because their annual board meeting was held here this week.  We decided to work together on some ideas they have which include fly shops and web enhanced strategies.  I was very impressed with these two people.  It was a very interesting meeting. 

They also quizzed me about Troutfest.  Evidently the entire board perked up when I spoke to them about the event on Monday.  I gave each of them a copy of the Troutfest Journal.  On one page we are handing over a check to the Park Service.  The check was in the amount of $45,000.  Then, Steve Moore who runs the Park’s fisheries program told them that due to the Little River Chapter’s efforts, they have been able to raise $2.5 million for their projects over the past 18 years. 

That had to raise some eyebrows in that board meeting.  Membership in Trout Unlimited is at about 140,000 right now.  Their goal is to double that number.  Judging from the people they have working on this, it just might happen.  Their ideas are very strong.  They are thinking out of the box.  I liked what I heard yesterday and during the presentation on Monday.

Yesterday was an interesting day.  Have a great one yourself and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
June 15, 2011 

Don’t forget that our Aquatic Entomology Class will be held on Saturday July 16th.  We still have openings.  You can check out the details by CLICKING HERE.

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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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