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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. Cloudless skies mean another day without rain. They also mean it is going to be a great day to explore the Smokies.
Leaving the Shop last night there was brown smoke visible. Curious I drove Old Tuckaleechee Rd to see where it was coming from. When the view cleared it appeared to be coming from the other side of Rich Mountain. Turns out they are doing controlled burns in Cades Cove. The calm conditions must make it good for burning by the professionals.
The streamflow gauge had been staying flat for the last few days. I though maybe it had bottomed out. Apparently not. This morning it has dropped to 1.16 feet or 25 c.f.s. which is a new record low for this date. The daily normal is 75 c.f.s. Water temperatures are a cool 61.7 F.
Fishing in the Smokies has been.....ok. Conditions are tough. The water levels are low and the streams are extra clear. You will need to be careful approaching the river. Try to stay out of the water as much as possible. Given the low water levels that is much easier than normal.
Anglers have been using a variety of flies. Dry patterns have been Parachute Adams, Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Smoky Mountain Candy...sizes #14-#16. Nymphs that are working well include, Green Weenies, Squirmy Worms, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tails, etc.
TWRA has this week listed as the start of fall stocking in the Little River in Townsend. We haven't heard if they have done it or not. The date in the book is a Sunday but they don't usually stock until Wednesday or Thursday.
Fly Tyers Weekend is not going on in Townsend this year. We weren't able to get it worked out. There is a fly tying event going on November 4-5 at the Fly Fishing Museum of the Southern Appalachians. It is the Smoky Mountain Hook and Hackle. A listing of events going on at the Fly Fishing Museum can be found here.
I haven't had the chance to go to the Fly Fishing Museum yet. They just recently moved into a new facility near Bryson City. If you are into fly fishing history the museum should be your list of places to visit. It is great that we have a resource like this nearby. The museum's website is https://flyfishingmuseum.org/
A hurricane is charging its way up the eastern coast of the US. People are evactuating from Hilton Head and other coastal communities. Hopefully we'll get some rain from the storm. Several days of slow drizzling rain would be ideal. Fingers crossed! If we get some rain the fishing is going to get really good.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 5, 2016