Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sky was a solid pale gray this morning when I rolled into Townsend. Now the clouds have broken a little and there is some sun shining through. There are a few scattered storms on the radar, hopefully some more will form as the day goes on. The Smokies weather report said that Mt. LeConte received almost an inch and a half of rain yesterday. Nothing here in Townsend.

That rain on LeConte will help the fishing to be better in the Little Pigeon watersheds. If I was going today I would be heading over to Greenbriar or to the West Prong of the Little Pigeon along Newfound Gap Road. These streams are a good place to go in the late Summer. They have the advantage of being higher gradient which helps keep the stream more oxygenated and also helps disuade the tubers. You can also get to higher elevations and cooler water without as much effort.

I'd bring the whole mix of flies along. I prefer I would start with a yellow stonefly pattern or an elk hair caddis. There are some big plunge pools in the Little Pigeon streams so a good size nymph could be an excellent tool for getting to those trout hanging out in the plunge.

With the water low like it is you will be doing alot of scrambling over rocks and clammoring around on the banks. Keep an eye out for snakes and also bees. Some species of the bees will have their hives in the ground. Stepping on that would cut a fun day of fishing short.

It is also very important to keep an eye and ear on the weather. On these hot, humid Summer afternoons thunderstorms can form anywhere. You may be fishing in the bright sun and then all of a sudden a wall of water comes rushing down the stream. Being stuck in the middle of the river, or on the wrong bank from the trail or road will make for an adventure.

Byron and Paula have the boat out somewhere today. Hopefully they'll get their fishing in before thunder and lighting runs them off.

It is just Ethan and I today here at the Shop. If you are headed to the mountains stop by and say hey.

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

Daniel Drake
July 28, 2010

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