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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a busy morning so far here in the Shop. I think there is extra people in town....escaping the coast and the storm. Hopefully they will bring some of the rain with them.
Water levels in the Smokies are still very low. The gauge on Little River is giving a reading of 1.15 feet or 24 c.f.s. This is well below the daily normal of 76 c.f.s. We are still above the record low by a tiny bit. Water temperatures are great. 60F this morning again. The streams are cool enough that you might want to put your waders on.
Anglers are catching trout in the mountains but it will test your skills. Water levels are low and the trout are extremely spooky. Look for sections of the river with a little extra depth. You don't need to be in the deepest pools but the change to slightly deeper water will hold more fish.
Dry flies are doing pretty good. Parachute Adams, Smoky Mountain Candy, Neversink Caddis etc. Terrestrials like ants and beetles are still good. Nymph patterns such as Squirmy worms, Prince Nymphs, Hares Ear etc are good choices.
Ricky Etherton just got back from his trip to Hazel Creek with Steve Claxton. He said he had a great time. It sounded like fishing was good over there especially when he hiked way up the river. Dave Carson is over there with a group of folks this week. Steve Claxton has the camp and everything set up for them. Sounds like a great way to "camp".
David Knapp of Trout Zone Anglers fished the Caney Fork yesterday on his day off. The trout were eating midges. He was wade fishing and landed 5 rainbows in the 16-20" range and pleanty of other ones in the 11-15" range. David guides over there when he isn't chasing trout in the Smokies. A drift boat is a great way to fish the Caney.
Even though fishing in the Smokies is tough right now I think I would still go if I had the chance. Winter is coming and every pretty fall day is a treasure that we should enjoy. It is too dry to worry about cutting grass anyway.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 7, 2016
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