Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. This morning has been pleasantly cool so far. The sky is clear and the fog has mostly burned off. It is supposed to get warm this afternoon but not as warm as it has been. The weather stations are calling for thunderstorms this afternoon but that is just the standard forecast for Summer.

The Little River had cooled a bit over night to 70F this morning here in Townsend. Water clarity looked good. The stream flow gauge was reading 1.58 feet or 96cfs. This is a little below the average for today but still a good fishing level.

Byron stopped in this morning. He headed out early and fished the Little River here through town. From the fishing report he gave it made it sound like the fishing was pretty good this morning. He caught twelve fish, mostly smallmouth. Chartreuse poppers were the lure of choice to start the day, followed up by Stealth Bombers.

Fishing in the mountains has been good. * for August. It is late Summer with warm temps and lower water. Given those conditions, fishing continues to be good. Higher elevations are definitely fishing better, especially if you are going to be out during the middle part of the day. Lower down I would try to fish first thing in the morning or later in the evening.

Anglers are still catching trout on Yellow Sally patterns such as Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulators, Sloan's Paralyzer, etc. Green weenies are always good also. Terrestrial patterns, Beetles and ants are good cast up under bushes.

Looks like another blowout on the Clinch today. 2 or more generators all day. Same with Hiwassee.

If you don't want to make the drive high into the mountains it could be a good day to try some lower elevation smallmouth fishing. Have a selection of both topwater flies such as poppers and stealth bombers and also some subsurface like big nymphs, helgramites, and minnow patterns.

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

Daniel Drake
August 10, 2011 

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