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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a good morning in Townsend. We have a dial tone on the phones. There is internet connectivity. It is a beautifully cool morning. The fog is quickly burning off revealing a mix of clouds and blue sky.

The USGS streamflow gauge for Little River is functioning again. Water levels are down to a great fishable level. The readings for this morning are 1.88 feet or 170 c.f.s. This is a bit higher than the daily normal of 91 c.f.s. but still and excellent level for fishing. Water temperatures are still a cool 65.7 F.

The rivers have cleared out from the mud which was a result of the storm that rolled through Monday night. The Little Pigeon system didn't get as much rain. Mt. LeConte reported 0.99", Newfound Gap 0.58" and the Sugarlands Visitor Center received 0.78". Cades Cove on the other hand got drenched with 2.10".

The weather forecast for this week looks great. Temperatures are only supposed to get to the mid 80's and the chance for rain is very low.

Anglers had a tough time of it yesterday with the muddy water. That should all be changed today. People have been using a mix of dries and nymphs. Yellow stonefly patterns such as Yellow Stimulators, yellow elk hair caddis, Yellow Sallies, etc continue to be good. Terrestrials like the Mike's Magic Beetle and the Potter's Fathead beetles are doing good. Don't forget the Green Weenies and Barbie Bugs as dropper flies.

Concentrate on fishing the faster, riffley water. In these warmer months the feeding trout will be more active in that type of water. Normally I'd say you are wasting time looking for larger browns this time of year but people have been finding them and a few have been fortunate enough to have them eat. These larger trout almost always get caught on a nymph pattern.

The days are getting shorter. The days of being able to fish after work will be fading away soon. Take advantage and sneak away this week. The crowds have gone home after the long holiday weekend. You shouldn't have much trouble finding a nice place to fish.

Our Beginner Fly Fishing Schools are starting up again this weekend after the August break. There is still a few spots open in this Saturday's Beginner Day One Class....just $125. It's a great way to get started!

Rob Fightmaster of Fightmaster Fly Fishing is running a special for guided trips that are booked today (September 3) or tomorrow (September 4).  If you book a trip, during these two days, he will donate 30% to Friends of the Smokies.  You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.  Get in touch with Rob and book during this period, and you will be benefiting Friends and yourself.  You don’t have to take the trip now, just book it.  I bet Rob is near his phone right now.  You can also purchase a gift certificate for a friend and that will count too.  He’s a great guide and good friend of ours. You will enjoy your day with Rob. I think this is a great promotion.  His phone number is 865-607-2886.

Thanks for reading the report and thanks for being here for us.

Daniel Drake
September 4, 2013

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