Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Somehow another week has passed us by. It is cloudy this morning in Townsend. There is a chance of rain coming up from the south. It isn't a big chance so don't let it stop you from getting out and fishing or going to the Townsend Festivals today.

The UT football game starts early today which means it should be a quiet day in the mountains. The overcast conditions should help and make the trout less spooky. Water levels are still very low so approach the streams with caution and stealth.

Marty from NC stopped by the shop yesterday. He had been fishing on the Oconoluftee River the other day. He caught some trout but said it was fishing slower than normal. It didn't take him too long to bail out and head to one of the other North Carolina streams. I get that same feeling when fishing somewhere that isn't living up to expectations. Those good ole standby places are always calling.

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.

Sean McKay and Clay Aalders fished the Clinch River yesterday. Sean sent me this quick report via Facebook.
"Fishing on the Clinch was great today we launched at Millers and rowed up to below the weir dam and caught lots of trout on the usual fair #22 Midges, Small PT Nymphs drifted under a strike indicator. Brookies were feeding the best with a few nice one's brought to the net! A few nice bow's but no browns! The water kicked on about 1 pm so we headed back to the ramp! With water so low in the park at least the tailwaters are producing well! Sean"

Byron and Paula are headed home tomorrow so you'll have me for atleast another day on the Fishing Report. Byron will be back at the helm on Monday.

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

Daniel Drake
September 25, 2010

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