Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a bright, clear morning here in Townsend. The weather man is calling for a beautiful day. The weekend looks to be clear and dry also. Perfect for enjoying a 4th of July weekend with the family.

Little River is looking great. Water levels are normal for this time of year at 1.62' or 100cfs. Water temps are good too. The thermometer read 67F when I check it this morning by the Swinging Bridge. Leave the waders at home and get your legs wet.

Trout fishing in the Smokies should be excellent this afternoon. If I had the time I would try to get to one of the higher elevation streams. A hike up the Little Trail above Elkmont will get you into some good fishing. If you don't want to hike as far, try the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and Walker Camp Prong. The upper reaches of Greenbriar can be good too. Ramsey Prong and Porters Creek are good producers.
Dry fly patterns continue to work well. I just picked up a re-stock of the Neversink Caddis Yellow from the Post Office. This and other yellow stonefly ( yellow sally ) patterns are a top pick this time of year. Sizes are mostly #16. If you are going to be fishing a dropper with it you should probably go a size or so larger. Terrestrial patterns like ant and beetles and green weenies are excellent during the Summer.

I've talked to several customers who are headed out West to fish over the next several weeks. Most are concerned about water levels. States like Montana, Wyoming and Colorado had record snow packs and then they got large quantities of rain this Spring. Water levels are much higher than normal. The general conclusion I have been hearing is that the plane tickets aren't refundable so most everyone is going anyway. Worst case they get to hang out in Wyoming and Montana. Some rivers are still fishing well even with the high water. I heard that the Missouri was fishing good....with the high flows though it is mostly streamers and large nymphs.

No rain in the forecast for us for a few days. I vote for cutting out of work early and making a run for the mountains.

Byron will be back tomorrow. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us. 

Daniel Drake
June 30, 2011  

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