Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful, clear morning here in Townsend. The air is cool but that will soon give way to hot and muggy temperatures later in the day. The mountains will be cooler, especially in the high elevations. The high yesterday at the Sugarlands Visitor Center was 92F. The high at Newfound Gap was 72F. That is a big temperature difference. As warm as it gets here in the valley it is nice that we have the mountains we can escape to.

I rolled through a mostly empty Townsend around 6:30 this morning on my way to the mountains. I drove up to the gravel road at Tremont. If there is any of that stimulous money left they need to send some our way. There is some car swallowing pot holes up there. The stream looked great. The gauge reading this morning is just below normal at 1.64 feet or 110cfs. I stopped on the way out and took the water temperature. It was 65F.
The air was cool and the water cooler. I was thankful I went with the long sleeve shirt this morning. I couldn't find the reel for my 2wt as I dug around in the dark this morning so I grabbed my 4wt Walter Babb bamboo rod and headed out. I seem to miss more fish with the bamboo. It is much slower action and takes a different reaction for the hook set. I had pleanty of action of a small Sloan's Paralyzer fly. I switched over to a beetle pattern and plopped it out into the current and on the first drift it was eaten by a healthy 9 inch rainbow. I thought there you go...time to clean up on the fish. Sometimes good fish on first cast can be bad luck. I got some more bites but failed to make a good connection on them.

Fishing in the morning is air...few people.. fishing before work..while still great, always has you on the clock. It is easy to explain my way out of being late for dinner or home way after dark by saying but the fishing just kept getting better... Customers in the parking lot waiting for the lights of a fly shop to get turned on usually aren't as forgiving about being late.
I got to the end of the section of stream I was fishing and headed off to work, arriving with a few minutes to spare.

I had a good number of hits on the #14 yellow dry. It might have been better on a smaller one. I didn't try any nymphs but in some of the deeper runs I'm sure they would have done well.

If I had all day to fish I would go to the high elevations. Fish Road Prong, or Walker Camp Prong upstream of Chimney Tops Trailhead. The upper reaches of Greenbriar would be good too. If you are willing to hike some then the Little River above Elkmont would be a good destination.

The weather forecast is returning to the typical Summer, chance of afternoon thunderstorms, forecast. Keep your ears and eyes watchful for a storm.

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

Daniel Drake
August 3, 2011

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Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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