October 16, 2009
Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is another cloudy foggy morning in the Great Smoky Mountains. The higher elevations have been fogged in for three days. A group of architects, engineers and contractors used our classroom yesterday afternoon for a meeting. They are one of three groups who are working and bidding on finishing the Foothills Parkway from Walland to near Pigeon Forge. They were on both ends of the unfinished Parkway all day yesterday. They could not see the valleys below due to the fog.
We only got ¼” of rain yesterday and through the night. I guess there was more than that in the mountains. Little River is flowing very strong this morning. On Wednesday we actually got more rain down here than in most locations in the Smokies. I’ll be interested to see what the numbers were up there for yesterday and last night.
You should be very careful wading today and pick smaller streams unless you plan to stay close to the bank. There is not doubt I would be fishing in the Elkmont area today. The brown trout have started spawning in some scattered locations. I would use larger nymphs or streamers and fish for the males. I would leave any females you find on the redds alone. We are not in the major spawn yet but they have definitely started. Jack Gregory described where he saw some redds Wednesday.
A cloudy day like we have here with light rain and drizzle is perfect for catching larger brown trout. A lot of experienced anglers will figure out a way to be fishing in the Park and not working today. And they will be on the streams this weekend.
We may get some snow in the mountains. The National Weather Service has posted a Hazardous Weather Outlook concerning winter like conditions in the upslope locations. They say some light snow accumulations will be possible. There is even a chance for snow on Sunday here in Townsend thought the chance is only 10%.
I’ll be in the mountains every day bear and wild boar hunting. I won’t be inside the Park of course. There are 27 hunters and one dog handler and we’ll be working an area as a team. The dog handler is local, the other guys except me are from Middle Tennessee. It is going to be cold which is good for hunting.
I hope you all have a great weekend and thank you for being here with us.
October 16, 2009
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