Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  Sorry for the late posting of this. We've been battling computer problems all morning. I had a plan all set just in case we couldn't get the internet working. I looked up most of the info needed using Bill's Iphone, then I was going to do the report on Byron's computer, transfer the files to the laptop and find a wireless connection somewhere here in town to upload them. Thankfully now the server is back up and running as well as the internet connection.

On a brighter note..... Fishing in the Smokies has been very good. Charlie Barton went out on the West Prong of the Little yesterday. He said that he caught a rainbow and a brookie on the first or second hitting the dry the other the dropper. I told him that that is usually a bad omen. It didn't turn out that way for him. He caught somewhere around 70 fish. I know many of you out there are likely skeptical. It is true though. Some days on the little creeks there is a fish in EVERY spot that they are supposed to be.

Water levels are almost exactly normal for this time of year. The flow this morning on the gauge was 1.63 feet or 107 c.f.s. The normal flow is 94 c.f.s. These lower water levels mean you need to be stealthy when approaching the stream. Concentrate on fishing the faster, broken water. The feeding trout will be in those parts of the stream. Water temps are still nice and cool for this time of year.

I saw Josh Pfeiffer at Kroger last night. He helped with a Project Healing Waters event yesterday. There was only 3 vets that came and lots more volunteers. Those kind of events always get good support from the volunteers.

Well this is late enough. This weekend is a long holiday weekend. Fishing should be great. If you want solitude look for some more out of way streams like the West Prong of the Little Pigeon, the upper Little River above Elkmont, Ramsey Prong etc. Walking away from the car a bit should get you some peace.

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

Daniel Drake
August 29, 2013


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