Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a pretty morning here in Townsend. The low clouds are burning off to reveal a bright blue sky. Today is going to be steamy. The humidity is already at almost 80%. The forecast is calling for afternoon thunderstorms so hopefully that will cool things off. The weather for the next few days loks like more of the same...warm with chances of rain.

The water temperature was 70F this morning down at the Swinging Bridge in Townsend. This is warm for trout. Thankfully up in the mountains the water is cooler. I got some rain at my house in Maryville and was expecting to see more water in the streams this morning. The rain gauge here at the Shop was bone dry. Water levels this morning had fallen to 1.57 feet or 89 cfs. This is ust a little below normal for this time of year.

If I was going fishing today I would head to a higher elevation stream. Little River above Elkmont would be a good destination. Also, the West Prong of the Little Pigeon along Newfound Gap Road (US 441). This week should be quieter than normal after the holiday. Many people left out on Monday. It is still Summer though so you won't find the mountains deserted. If you are closer to civilization be prepared to have your perfect fishing hole invaded by some clueless group of swimmers and rock skippers. Getting mad and confrontational never seems to phase is to just reel up and move on.

Dry fly patterns continue to work well. Yellow of course continues to be the color of choice. Yellow stonefly patterns such as Stimulators, Yellow Sallies, Sloan's Paralyzers, etc have all been working well. Terrestrial patterns are excellent this time of year. Ant patterns plopped onto the water up under the bushes is a great way to attract hungry trout. Fly sizes are ranging from #14-#18. If you are going to cast a dry / dropper go with a larger dry pattern.

Dr. Brad Cook's Aquatic Entomology is coming up in just a couple of weeks. When I checked this morning there was still 4 spots left in the class. This is a great class if you are wanting to learn more about the bugs which live in the water. The class is limited to 10 students so if you aren't already on the list give us a call to sign up.

Byron is off today but he'll be back tomorrow. Oh, just remembered. When you go fishing today or tomorrow...keep an eye on water levels. With pop up afternoon thunderstorms there is always a chance that water levels can rise rapidly. Just keep an eye on things and be safe.

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

Daniel Drake
July 6, 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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