Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is cool and sunny this morning in Townsend. A light fog hung over the valley as I drove to work. The cool is going to be very short lived. Temperatures are supposed to be in the high 90's today. Rain chances are very low for the today and tomorrow...but the normal Summer forecast of scattered thunderstorms returns for the weekend.

There was two trucks worth of guys fishing at the Swinging Bridge this morning and I didn't want to bother them while I took the water temp so I drove up to the Park to check on the water. The water temp was 66F at the gauging station. Middle Prong of Little River had a little color to it but it was mostly clear in the riffles. The deeper pools are still murky. West Prong of Little River is looking good. Little River was also flowing with just a little color to it. Water levels are good. The gauge is reading 2.45 feet or 388cfs this morning. Water levels are still dropping. This is still higher than normal but it is workable. As always, just wade carefully.

The rivers looked nice and inviting this morning. It is going to be a HOT day though. If you have the time I would drive or hike to the higher elevations. Find some cooler water for the trout and some cooler temps for you. The West Prong of the Little Pigeon River along US 441 / Newfound Gap Road would be a good destination. It doesn't require the same walking to get up high.

Terrestrial patterns cast up under the bushes continue to work well. Ants, beetles, Green Weenies are all good. Yesterday morning I saw a yellow sally on the window out in front of the Shop. Yellow Stimulators, Sloan's Paralyzers, Neversink Caddis continue to work well. If you want to take advantage of the stained water on Little River try fishing some larger nymph patterns or maybe even a crayfish.

Raz Reid, our Sage/Redington/Rio, Umpqua and Fishpond rep, just called and said he is stopping by to see us tomorrow with 2012 items to show us. He says the new ONE rod from Sage is incredible. It is replacing the Z-Axis series of rods. The ONE is supposed to be lighter, with a thinner profile. It is supposed to generate higher line speed but still be able to protect lighter tippets.

Byron will be back at the Fishing Report tomorrow. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
July 27, 2011


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Saturday July 23 – Beginner Day One
Sunday July 24 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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