Townsend, Tennessee
August 4, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun just popped up over the ridge, its light filtered to a soft golden glow by the early morning fog. I got an early start this morning. I like early starts. For the past bit I have gotten out of the habit of rising early and been fighting the snooze button on the alarm clock. Getting out early is nice. The world is calm and fresh after a night has past. The rush of the day hasn't begun yet. I think it helps me get my mind right and ready for the coming day. Coffee on an early morning never hurts either.

Well on to fishing. I stopped down at the swinging bridge this morning to take the water temp. The Little River was moving along at a pretty good clip. It was flowing clear and cool. My Fishpond thermometer read 64 F which is excellent considering how far downstream that spot is. In the higher elevations morning fishing will be chilly. Water levels and temperatures are really great for this time of the year. Normally water levels are low and temps are high. Neither of which make for good fishing. This year it is hard to believe it is August. Hopefully this will keep up.
Fishing has been good in most all the streams in the Smokies. Water levels on Little River are still a little high but fishable. Middle Prong and West Prong of LR are fishing very well. The moon is full so sometimes that can cause the fishing to slow. I don't have any scientific basis for this...only anecdotal evidence.

Dry fly patterns continue to work well. Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Lime Trude, Parachute Adams, Sulphur patterns etc have been good in the 14-16 range. Terrestrials such as ants, beetles, and the infamous Green Weenie have done well also. If you are out early I would try tying on a nymph and sinking it down.

Concentrate on the faster, more broken water this time of the year. The feeding fish will be hanging out in the pocket water.

If you go fishing be mindful of water flows. With the rivers already at a higher level it won't take too much rain to swell them even more. The weather forecast is calling for the chance of typical summer thunderstorms. Just because it isn't raining where you are doesn't mean it didn't just pour upstream. Keep an eye out.

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

Daniel Drake
August 4, 2009


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