Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  We are greeted with another hot day in East Tennessee. The one weather forecast I saw was calling for a very small chance of isolated thunderstorms later this afternoon. I probably would bother with the umbrella though.

Byron called a few minutes ago. He sounded healthy and very bored. I expect he is going crazy sitting in a little hospital room watching TV. He said they took him off the pain meds drip and were going to see how that went. Byron is hopeful that they send him home quickly.

I got out and fished last night at a local pond in Maryville. There was a lot of people around making it important to watch the backcasts. I figure it wouldn't be a good idea to hook a bicylclist. Fishing was good. We caught some very nice sized bluegill on small chartreuse poppers. I think I could have caught more fish if I had been fishing something subsurface like a wooly bugger but I would rather see them hit on top.

Brian Courtney stopped in yesterday. He had gotten to the river just after daybreak. He did very well fishing a mix of dries and nymphs. He was throwing some general attractor patterns. I think he said he was fishing with a Trude.
It is going to be best to hit the river first thing in the morning when everything is still relatively cool. Higher elevation streams, like the upper parts of Greenbrier, and the upper parts of the West Prong of the Little Pigeon should be good most of the day. They are higher elevation streams with a good steep gradient. They have also gotten some extra water over the last week or so.

Overall, yellow flies still dominate. Yellow Sallies, Neversink Caddis, Stimulators etc are all excellent dry patterns in sizes #14 - #16. If you are going to the high elevation streams try something with chartreuse on it, such as a Lime Trude or a little green stonefly. Green Weenies have been fishing well. Ants and beetles are always a good bet during hot Summer days.

Rufus King, President of the Little River Chapter of Trout Unlimited called yesterday and asked me to pass on a message for him.
"Subject: Thursdays Meeting at River Johns-Canceled

THE Little River Chapter MEETING ON THURSDAY THE 24TH IS CANCELED. River Johns had us scheduled for the 22nd instead of the 24th. He rented the pavilion on the 24th to another group so we do not have a place to meet. Therefore the meeting is canceled. We are going to send an e-mail blast this evening to the membership but if you happen to see a fellow member, let them know.
Rufus "

When you head to the river, lake, or pond fishing today remember to take some water to stay hydrated. Have a fun time and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
June 23, 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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