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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Another cool morning is making it feel like Fall is upon us. Hopefully this sticks around because after all this nice weather it will be really difficult to go back to hot and humid.

Water levels in Little River are almost back to normal. The gauge reading this morning was at 1.64 feet or 105 c.f.s. This is just a little higher than the median level for this date of 75 c.f.s. Water temps are good also. This morning the gauge showed a water temp of 60.9 F. Temperatures fluctuate somewhat throughout the day but they are still staying in the mid to lower 60's. This is at the gauge, just inside the boundary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Higher elevation streams like Road Prong and upper Little River will be significantly cooler.

Chuck and Glenn went fishing on the Middle Prong of Little River yesterday. Chuck said it was slow in the morning and picked up a bit as the sun got on the water and began to warm things up. They mostly fished nymph patterns like Pheasant Tails and Prince Nymphs. A few trout rose to dries but most came on the nymphs.

If you head out this weekend have a mix of dries and nymphs. A dry/dropper combination can be a very effective way to go. A #12 or #14 Orange Stimulator can make a great top fly in the Fall.

Byron will be back at the helm tomorrow. I don't know how much fishing they were able to do. They were probably in the middle of all that rain that fell earlier in the week.

Call in sick or sneak out early. It should be a good weekend to be on the stream. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 21, 2012

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com


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