Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park


Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is clear and sunny in Townsend this morning. It is supposed to be a hot one again. The weather forecast is calling for a chance of rain the next several days. It isn't a high chance so I wouldn't go changing plans. Just take a rain jacket along. Early next week looks to be down right cool with highs in the 70's. That will be a nice start to Fall.

There is a lot of stuff going on in Townsend this weekend. This weekend is Townsend Fall Heritage Festival and Old Timers Day today and tomorrow. The Heritage Center is having their Blue Ribbon Country Fair. Nawger Knob is having their Fall Crafts Show. Even the Railroad museum is having Railroad Days. Great family fun come and check it out if you have the chance.

The Shop is usually quiet on festival days. I think the anglers feel like there will be a ton of people in town and they stay away. There will be a lot of people in town but most will be confined at the festivals. Walking a short distance up a trail you will find solitude. There is also a Tennessee football game on tomorrow with a noon start time. Again, this is bad for business, but it is a great time to head to the mountains. Most people will be glued to their big screen tv's leaving the trout streams quiet and tranquil.

If you head to the mountains this weekend be prepared for low water. We haven't had much rain at all this month. Water levels are still higher than they were a couple of years back, but the streams are getting skinny. Stay out of the water as much as possible. With less water to buffer our stumbling around it is very easy to spook the trout. Still concentrate on the water with moving current. The trout in the larger, slow pools will have a long time to inspect your flies with great intensity. In the fast water their decision making process has to be quick and hopefully they choose poorly and decide to eat that tasty bit of fur and feathers.

Dries have been working well on most streams. Smaller Parachute Adams, Elk Hair caddis in #16, Yellow or Orange Stimulators, and maybe even a bee pattern. When the air temperature drops in the next few days don't forget the nymphs in the car. You basic assortment should work well. Tellico Nymphs, BH Pheasant Tails, BH Prince, etc. As always, sneak up on the trout and get a good presentation and drift.

Have a great day.  Thanks for reading the Fishing report!

Daniel Drake
September 24, 2010

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