Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina
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Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun rose about 30 minutes ago. A light fog is lifting quickly. It is going to be another beautiful day. It will be chilly in the mornings over the next few says. Right now the temperature is 48 degrees. During the day, it is going to be very warm with the thermometer pushing the 80 degree mark. Winds will be light.
There are still plenty of tourists in Townsend and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Last night, after work, I noticed the trees in the valley had more of a golden hue. The color is fading. The light conditions offer different views. I noticed an area on my way home that was well lit. The colors were more vibrant. It won’t be long before the leaves turn brown. It’s a matter of days. It is happening now. Then they will fall and the mountains will turn dark gray until Spring.
The National Weather Service (NWS) released their predictions for the Winter season. We are in a transition from La Nina to El Nino, whatever that really means. The NWS believes the Winter will be mild here.
Fishing in the Smokies is OK, not great. Bill and Sheila just returned from a camping trip to Smokemont. Bill is a good angler and told me yesterday that the fishing was just OK.
The streams are dropping slowly. The cool temperatures at night are causing the streams to cool off too. When that happens, the water is clearer. Less sediment and dissolved solids are held in the water. It settles to the bottom of the stream. On the other hand, warmer daytime temperatures will raise the water temp this week.
There is no rain in the forecast over the next few days. Expect the fishing in the Smokies to be just OK.
Little River is flowing at 68 cubic feet per second (cfs). Median flow for this date is 77 cfs. Water flows are typically low in October. This period in the month is no exception. The water temperature at 7:55 am was 54 degrees. I expect that number to rise this week.
Most trout in the Smokies will be hiding in the riffles and deeper runs except for those that are spawning. You will probably see some nice brown trout out in the open. Most of the trout that can be caught are hiding. Dry flies or nymphs will work. Switch it up. Fishing will be best late in the day after the sun slides behind a mountain. The water will be warmer and the trout will be active.
If you are fishing the lowland rivers during the day, find some deep water. On a bright sunny day, with the lower flows, the smallmouth bass won’t be in the slow shallow runs.
Wayne is coming over today and we plan to fish a couple of lakes for two days. Our choice of water will depend on dam generation schedules. I suspect we’ll pick Tellico Lake in the Little Tennessee River section. There we may catch smallmouth bass or trout. Fishing on Chilhowee has been slow for a while, actually for months. That’s a tough lake to fish. We may try it anyway.
I’ve got a feeling any smallies we catch will be on Puglisi Threadfin Shad imitations, not poppers and other top-water flies. But, we’ll try them all until we find the depth where the fish are. And, we may find the fishing to be slow. Wayne and I have been close friends for around 50 years. We have not been fishing together, just the two of us in a long time. I am looking forward to this. Two things we won’t have to worry about are cold temperatures and wind. This is going to be a nice week.
If you can, get out and enjoy it.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 23, 2012
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