Townsend, Tennessee
August 11, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful morning out right now but it is going to be hot and muggy again today. The weather people are calling for showers this afternoon and evening. If it is anything like the weather has been lately the showers should be scattered.
Water levels are just a little above normal for this time of the year. Temperatures are relatively cool also. If you are looking for an escape from the Knoxville heat, keep in mind that it is only in the low to mid 70's up close to Newfound Gap.

One of the local guides, Sean McKay stopped by the Shop yesterday morning. He was heading out to enjoy a day just fishing with friend and fellow guide Clay Aalders. From the posting I saw on Sean's Facebook page it sounded like they had a good successful time.
Fishing should continue to be good this week. We haven't seen August fishing conditions like this in several years. The cooler parts of the day, early morning or late afternoon till evening, are going to be your best times.

Higher elevation streams and higher gradient streams are excellent destinations in the later Summer. The high elevations stay cooler. High gradient means more oxygen in the stream.
School has started back in many areas so weekday fishing will be nice and quiet with far less people out an about in the Park.

What flies to use? I wish I had something more exotic to say than Green Weenie. The truth is that they work. Pair it up with a Stimulator, Thunderhead or Humpy and it can make for a great day on one of the smaller streams.
If you are going to be out in the hotter portions of the day don't be without some terrestrials. Ants makes great dropper flies. Yellow Jackets can be very effective. Cast them directly into the plunges and let them swing through like a wet fly. Beetle patterns and chernobyls can be good cast into the slower water under overhanging tree limbs.

There was a post on the Message Board about the phase of the moon affects fishing. I personally never pay attention to the moon phase when I go fishing. When I go, I just go (with the exception of nasty weather). From being in the Shop and listening to people's fishing experiences I have noticed a bit of a trend. Now I have zero scientific evidence to support any of this but it does seem that fishing tends to slow a bit in the Smokies right around the full moon. I can guess that this means, especially in the Summer that the fish are doing most of their feeding at night. I wonder if this would hold true in the cooler months. In the Winter the brightness of the moon may have a very minimal effect. Just like everything else involved in fishing I'm sure there is an uncountable number of variables that can determine how good or bad the fishing will be.

Byron and Paula are taking the boat out again today. The last trip was more of a break in for the motor. It is good to see them getting out there.

With the forecast of showers later today, remember to keep an eye on water flows. A thunderstorm upstream can raise water levels dangerously quick. Be careful but have a good time! Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
August 11, 2009

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