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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. Today is starting out much more calm and organized here in the Shop. The power is all working..no residual computer problems from yesterday. It is going to be a good day.
Broken clouds hang over Townsend this morning. The weather for the next week or more looks to be a continuation of the same as we have seen. Upper 70's to low 80's and sunny. If we didn't need rain this would be a forecast to love.
I don't know if the streamflow gauge has bottomed out or if the river is just maintaining itself but the flow today is the same as yesterday. The gauge is giving a reading of 1.18 feet or 27 c.f.s. The daily normal for this date is 79 c.f.s. Water temperatures are still at a very good 61.52 F. All the rivers are very clear.
Nymphs have been working well for many anglers. Concentrate on parts of the stream that are just a little deeper. Tellico Nymphs, Hares Ears, Squirmy Worms and Pheasant Tails are all good.
Dry flies are working too. Try a small Parachute Adams, Neversink Caddis, Smoky Mountain Candy.
Not spooking the trout is going to be the biggest challenge right now. Try to stay out of the water the best you can. As low as the water is that shouldn't be too hard a task. 6X is the preferred tippet size. If you are going to be casting a larger dry fly or a dry/dropper nymph you'll need to bump it up a size.
The striper fishing has been very good over on the lakes below the dams. Jon Oody has been having some great success. He guides for them...not exclusively with the fly rod but they have been catching the stripers on the fly. I've never done it from a boat but it sounds like a blast. Having a guide or atleast going with someone that knows what they are doing will make the catching better. Just like saltwater fishing it sounds like there is a bunch of variables involved in fishing for striper. There is the outflow and danger of the dam and locks. The bottom structure of the lake is important too. Then there is also the fishes position in the water. If you are too shallow or too deep with your fly you aren't going to be where the fish are. Once you get all that figured out...then you just have to figure out how to hook and land one.
I am trying to work on the preseason orders for next year. Thinking that far ahead is tough at times. I stress about what goes into those orders. Reports and charts get made. So many numbers and formulas clutter my computer that I start to question whether they are correct or not. Eventually I just have to go for it. Gut instinct (backed up by data) is usually what wins out.
Flies are some of the largest orders we place. Some flies are easy...we know we need lots of Parachute Adams and Neversink Caddis. The new patterns or the large expensive package flies are the bigger gambles. We added many sizes of the BoogleBug poppers this year and they have gone crazy. I was thinking about trying to add a bunch of new flies. What I'm thinking now is maybe add some new flies...and then really stock up on the core sellers that have always worked and make sure I don't ever run out of them.
I am totally open to ideas on new flies to stock. Some we won't be able to get I'm sure but if there is a fly pattern or type of flies that you think we should have in the bins give me an email. email@example.com
Time to get ordering! Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 4, 2016