Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  I came in very early and there was hardly any traffic on the streets of Townsend this morning. I’m sure traffic will  pick up.  It is tourist season.  All the streams in the Park that have gauges are showing flows below normal.  Tellico River is right at normal.  It is not in the Park though.  Boy is it hot. Temperatures for the next 8 days are expected to exceed 90 degrees.  Lows will be in the 70’s.  To give you an idea what we are used to listen to this.  Average high temperature in June is 82 degrees.  The average high in July is 85 degrees.  Average low in June is 57 and 62 in July.

Daniel says the fishing has bee pretty good.  You will need to fish early and late.  The trout will be in the riffles for the most part where the water is more oxygenated.  Use light tippet, stay hidden and get a good drift.  Hit the pockets behind rocks and where riffles enter a pool.  Terrestrials, the Yellow Sally Patterns and Sulphurs will be what the trout are used to seeing on the water.  The higher elevation streams will be cooler.  Also, the small shaded streams would be a good idea to fish. 

I ate a freshwater mussel Friday night and I’ve been in bed ever since.  We ate several of the shellfish but I gobbled down one that was not open. Big mistake.  I’m going back home right now.  I have never been this sick in my life.

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

Byron Begley
June 20, 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".

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