Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is another cool morning in East Tennessee. The fog is quickly burning off here in Townsend and revealing partly cloudy skies. If you are going fishing in the next few days don't forget the waders and a warm coat. The news was calling for frost tonite in some places. Mt. LeConte had 3 inches of snow fall the other day. I guess this is what we get for complaining that it was too hot.

Byron is off to the TDOT meeting all day today. Paula said he left the house in a starched shirt and tie. I think the only times I have personally seen Byron wear a tie was to wakes and funerals.

The cows are back. Some of you may have noticed that the Cow Standing Factor has been reading N/C for quite awhile recently. We haven't been lazy in our cow counting....they have been off in the field that isn't visible from the Shop.

Water levels are still a little above normal for this time of year. Even though they are "above normal" they are still at an excellent flow for fishing. The streams are running clear.

Fishing should be pretty good in the mountains. Given how cold it has been getting at night you no longer need to be in the water as dawn is breaking. If you do head out early I would start the day with nymphs and weight. Get the flies down to where the trout are. As the day continues and begins to warm, dry fly action should pick up.
Basic patterns are working well. BH Pheasant Tails, BH Prince, BH Tellico, Copper Johns, etc. Dries that have been good are beetle patterns, Parachute Adams, Yellow or Orange Stimulators, Thunderheads, Elk Hair Caddis and even some Blue Wing Olives.

I'm still working on orders for next Spring so I'll have to wrap this up. Thanks for reading the fishing report!

Daniel Drake
October 5, 2010

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