Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is bright, clear and sunny this morning in Townsend. The Knoxville forecast is calling for 94 F. That is HOT. Thankfully it usually doesn't get that bad in the mountains.

Update on Byron: Although his warning about eating unopen mussels holds true, Byron is at the hospital having his gallbladder removed. Paula didn't have many details when I spoke with her this morning. She is going to keep me posted. Keep him in your thoughts and prayers that all goes well with surgery.

Townsend was packed full of people yesterday. It was hard to find a parking spot. Jim Gleaves went to the Middle Prong for a short while yesterday afternoon. He described it as "Combat Fishing". Even having to thread himself into a small patch of water between anglers he caught a few trout.
This morning everything is much quieter. Weekends are good times to go explore some of the more obscure and harder to reach waters. Sometimes it takes only a little extra driving or hiking to find some solitude.

Water levels are below normal, but they are still at a good level for fishing. Water temperatures have been staying steady over the last several days. It would be really nice for us to get a long, steady, cool rain. The pop up afternoon thunderstorms don't really do much other than send the tubers running for cover. Concentrate on fishing the rough pocket water. This broken water helps to hide you and has more oxygen for the trout. As water levels get low and the water becomes even more clear, stealth is ever more important. Stay low and approach the stream slowly. Don't just focus on that perfect spot of water out in front of you. If you neglect being careful and quiet along the bank or in the slower water you are likely to spook trout who in turn will run up and sound the alarm for all the other fish.

Yellow is still the color of the times. Yellow stoneflies continue to hatch in the evenings. Small yellow mayflies are still around. For the stones, sizes #14 or #16 are good. I might go a bit smaller with a sulphur pattern also. Terrestrials are a great way to go on hot Summer days. Ants are always in abundance. Ants can be hard to see, so if you aren't using a hi-viz parachute style ant, I woud fish your ant pattern as a dropper fly behind a yellow stimulator.

If you get the chance, go find a cool spot in the mountains to cool off and catch some trout.

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

Daniel Drake
June 21, 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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