Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is another cool, beautiful morning here in Townsend. Traffic has been slow now that school has started back in many areas.

Water levels are low and the streams are very clear. Water temps have cooled some as a result of cooler overnight temperatures. The Little River was 67F this morning at the Swinging Bridge in Townsend. When I went down to the water to take the temp I saw a nice smallmouth just out from the edge, haning around the rocks. It looked to be a good 10-12inches. It didn't bolt off but also didn't hang around where I could see it for long.

Low clear water requires much more stealth. Lengthen your leader and try some lighter tippet. One big advantage of low water is that the trout are more concentrated. You know exactly where they should be. The fishing reports I've been hearing in the Shop are definitely improving. Anglers have been doing pretty well. Of course this is "good for August".

Dry flies such as Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Parachute Adams etc have been doing well. Terrestrials are excellent also. Ant and Beetle patterns, especially when cast up under the trees, have been good.

I spoke to a customer yesterday who had recently been fishing up the Middle Prong of Little River with his son. They saw a large brown who was hanging out in a pool buddied up with a good size rainbow. He couldn't hardly believe a trout like that would be in a stream such as Middle Prong.

Middle Prong has its share of exceptional trout you just don't hear much about it. It isn't that people are keeping secrets or anything of that nature. It is just that the anglers who consistently catch the larger trout haven't seemed to have put much focus on Middle Prong. I personally won't be doing much big trout stalking up there. I'm still more about numbers. I would rather catch a bunch of little trout over the course of the day than wait on one big one to eat. I just don't have the patience. It is nice to think that there is always the possibility of running into a trophy.

The days are getting shorter in preparation for Fall. If you get the chance to sneak away from work take advantage of the longer days. The weather is cooling and fishing is much more comfortable. Best get out and enjoy it. Soon enough we'll be complaining that it is too cold.

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

Daniel Drake
August 24, 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 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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