Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful Fall morning here in Townsend. The air is cool and there is hardly a cloud in the sky. Cold conditions overnight caused the water temps to drop some but they are still in the range of excellent fishing. Water levels are still up after the rain we had over the last several days. The gauge reading this morning at 9 am was 2.38 feet on the gauge or 348 cfs. This is a decent level but especially this late in the year after having fishing low water for so long it will feel high. Just be careful while wading and stay out of the water as much as possible.
Fishing should be excellent in the mountains over the weekend. Water levels are great and temps are good. Expect quite a bit of traffic on the road this weekend with the leaf peepers trying to get in another weekend of color. As frustrating as it can be stuck behind someone going 20 mph you can console yourself with the thought. "At least they aren't in inner tubes."
If you head out early in the day I would start with nymph patterns. The water will cool overnight and the trout are likely to be a bit more sluggish in the mornings. As the day warms try some dry flies. Fairly normal patterns have been working well. Parachute Adams, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, and Blue Wing Olives have all been doing well. For nymphs it is always hard to beat a Prince Nymph, Tellico or BH Pheasant Tail.
Byron and Paula are off fishing today. They hooked the boat up early and headed out. If all goes well Byron will have a good fishing tale to recount tomorrow.
We learned some new information yesterday regarding Tennessee Fishing Licenses. This is especially good news for those of you from out of state that make brief visits to Tennessee to fish. TWRA has finally created a 1 day Non-resident license. Now you can buy a Type 082 One-Day Fishing No-Trout (good for trout fishing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park but not in TN state waters) for $8.00. You can also buy a Type 083 One-Day Fishing All Species for $16.00. If you are going to be here for several days or a week it is still more cost effective to buy the longer term licenses but if you only have one day to go then these new licenses will be a big help.
For residents they added a Type 023 One-Day Fishing All Species for $11.00. This is a great license because in the past if a resident wanted to fish for just one day they would have to buy an annual Trout License.
New gear is showing up everyday right now. Lilypond arrived last week and is already selling well. Some new items from Fishpond are on the way and should arrive at the beginning of next week. We got our first shipment of Sage VXP rods in yesterday. They are nice casting rods at a great price from Sage.
Speaking of new items arriving...there is a pile of boxes downstairs waiting to be opened up.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
October 29, 2010
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