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Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
Water levels in the Smokies are low but that hasn't kept fishing from being pretty good. This morning the streamflow gauge on Little River is giving a reading of 1.35 feet or 49 c.f.s. which is below the daily normal of 85 c.f.s. The bright note is that water temperatures are holding good at 68 F.
The streams are low and clear. That means stealth is going to be even more a concern than normal. With water levels low there is much more dry stream bank that you will find in the Spring. Use this to your advantage. Stay out of the water as much as possible and use exposed rock for cover. You want to be fishing in the fast moving water. Making short casts and keeping as much line off the water as you can will help you get a better drift. Stay low and hidden as best you can. Fish fast...just a few casts to each run and move on.
Anglers have been doing well with a variety of dry fly patterns. Yellow Sally patterns like Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators etc are still very good. Others are fishing old classics like Parachute Adams and Thunderheads. Size 16 is good in the low water.
Mid to high elevation streams have been fishing better than the lower elevations. Areas like the West Prong of the Little Pigeon along Newfound Gap Road and Little River above Elkmont are having good reports.
Dave Carson gave me an update about the Hazel Creek Trip. There is still one opening on the October 2-5th trip. Another opportunity is from October 16-19 with four spaces available.. If you are interested contact Becky Claxton at 828-269-7113.
Byron just came in. He is having some computer problems which is why I am writing the Fishing Report this morning. Adobe updated Dreamweaver. Why do things have to get upgraded?? We were doing just fine with the old version. Now we need to learn how the new one works. That is what we are going to figure out this morning.
While we are mulling over computer screens try to get out there on the river and catch some fish for us.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us and reading my ramblings this morning.