Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. A heavy blanket of gray clouds hangs low over the Smoky Mountains this morning hiding the colors of Fall beneath their shadowy veil. Just in the last couple of days the leaves have really started to change. I heard a report that this weekend might be the peak color. So far I haven't seen any trees that are just off the charts with color. I don't know what makes good Fall color. There must be some magic comination of rainfall, temperature, etc. We can't change it, might as well enjoy what ever comes along.

There was 0.49" of rain in the gauge this morning. Rain has been falling gently over the last 24 hours. The forecast isn't calling for much today but a great chance tomorrow. Even though we are above normal for the year according to the records, it seems like we could use some more.
Yesterday's rain didn't do much to the streams. The Little River is still flowing clear. Water levels this morning we up to 1.64 feet or 105 cfs. The water temperature was at 60F.

Leaves are going to start becoming more of a problem over the next several weeks. Rain and wind will strip trees of leaves and fill the streams. Wading is bad enough most of the time and leaves aren't going to make that any easier. Care must be taken going down leaf strewn stream banks, especially if you wear felt soled boots. Though they give extra traction on wet rocks, they aren't going to be much help on the leaves. When you are wading the streams be careful not to wade across leaf piles on the bottom. Leaves gather in low spots in the creek so areas which look shallow and level could potentially be hiding a wader filling hole.

I didn't hear too many great reports from yesterday. I would have figured that the rainy overcast weather would have made for great fishing. You can never tell. Bad weather can go either way. If you don't go you can be assured of the outcome so it's best to roll the dice and give it a shot.

Anglers have been fishing dry flies in the Smokies on Little River and the Middle Prong. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators continue to work well in the #14 - #16 size range. Terrestrials will be good also. Rain knocks bugs out of the trees and onto the water.
Nymphs can be good especially if the rain starts to fall. Prince Nymphs, Tellicos, Hares Ear, Copper John etc. As more and more leaves begin to choke the streams you are bound to catch pleanty of leaves on nymphs. There is no way around this.

I'm going to try to get our big Spring preseason order for Umpqua flies done today. It is fun looking through the fly catalogs and trying to pick what will work next year. Thankfully all the classic flies like Parachute Adams and Pheasant Tails continue to work.

Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
October 12, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
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