Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The fog is giving way to some broken clouds this morning in Townsend. We got quite a storm back in Maryville last night. It hit very fast with rain and wind. Paula was out with friends and as she was driving home all the lights were out in town. She said it was eerie going through a completely dark city. Thankfully my house didn't lose power. I kept the flashlight close just in case.

I was surprised when I stopped to check the river this morning. I was expecting it to be high and muddy. It was clear and at a good level. The level was 1.69' or 117cfs which is a great fishing level for this time of year. The water temp was stable at 68F. The weather forecast for the foreseeable future looks like highs in the mid to upper 80's and afternoon thunderstorms. There is no telling ahead of time where these storms are going to pop up so I wouldn't let them keep you from fishing. Just remember to keep an eye and ear on the weather and watch for rising water.

People have been doing well fishing in the Smokies. We sound like a broken record but the same patterns continue to work. Small yellow stonefly patterns like the Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Paralyzers, Yellow Sally etc have all been good producers. Terrestrial patterns can be very effective also. Ants, beetles, Green Weenies.

Today is the first official day of Summer! What I like most about Summer definitely isn't the heat, I could do without that. I like the long days. Staying light till almost 9 gives so much more time to do stuff. Trout fishing in the Smokies is great in the evenings. Sneak away from work early, grab a Snickers bar and a Mt. Dew and hit the stream. Most of the tubers have headed to the barn for the evening. It is a great time to be on the water.

I'm going to cut it short today so I can get to ordering and receiving. Fishing shouldn't require so much paperwork. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 22, 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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