Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. RAIN!..Glorious Rain! It is cool and overcast here in Townsend this morning. Storms rolled through the area yesterday afternoon bringing with them some much needed rain and tons of lightning. Not the typical cloud to ground stuff but the kind that branches out across the sky. The weather is supposed to clear up today giving us sunny, but not too hot weather this afternoon. The weekend forecast is calling for high 80's and chance of storms. Thankfully it has been cooling down into the 60's or lower at night. That was what really got us last Summer. It was extremely hot during the day and stay warm at night. When it cools overnight everything has a chance to reset and recharge before the next day.

0.69" of rain was in the gauge here at the Shop this morning. Water levels in the mountains spiked up last night but are already starting to come back down. Little River is flowing at a great height 2.09' or 237cfs. Water temps were down to 63F at the Swinging Bridge in Townsend. The water there was flowing a bit muddy. I drove up into the National Park to see how the streams were looking. Middle Prong (Tremont) and West Prong of Little River were both flowing at a good level and they only had a little color to them. Little River was flowing at a great level and was fairly muddy. Even in the shallower runs it was hard to see the bottom. This ought to make for some good fishing conditions. The river should clear quickly.

Yesterday's rain should greatly improve the fishing. A little bit of extra flow and even a bit of color in the water can really pick things up. We are dealing with a full moon which I think always slows things down. Still...better get some fishing in before the grass realizes that it can start growing again.

Dry flies continue to work well in the Smokies. Yellow colored patterns such as Stimulators, Paralyzers, Yellow Parachute Adams, Sally patterns, etc have all been doing well in #14 or #16. Terrestrials are good this time of year too. Ants and beetles fall out of trees and fall prey to hungry trout. Don't forget about the Green Weenie. It makes a great dropper fly. If the water is still off color by the time you make it to the river you might even get away with a bigger dry fly pattern.
Basic nymph patterns such as Prince Nymph, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, etc are all working well too.

Byron took the day off today but he'll be back tomorrow. Have a good day on the water....or trying to work while thinking about the cool river sliding by as trout rise up out of the eddy's. Thanks for reading the Fishing Report.

Daniel Drake
June 16, 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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