Townsend, Tennessee
August 13, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a perfect morning here in Townsend. The fog is starting to burn off and the sun is bright. Better than all that, it is still cool. The weather forecast isn't calling for rain until Sunday.

For all of you out there who usually hang up your gear in the late Summer, you might want to make an exception this year. Water levels are great, water temps are even better. We are experiencing fishing that is far from typical for this time of the year.

Bill Bolinger went fishing yesterday in the Park. He didn't have too much time so fished one of the smaller streams in the lower elevations. He had a big smile on his face when he told me that he caught 20 in about 2 hours of fishing. He only used dry flies. The vast majority of the trout were small but he caught several that were in the legal keeping size.
That is one thing I really enjoy about small streams. True you don't have the opportunity to catch some monster that will forever be burned into your memory, but catching a mess of small trout is just plain fun. It it like the coldwater version of bluegill fishing. I can stay very happy with small fish when the action is good.

If you sneak away from work today and head to the mountains today I think you could probably do well most any where. Higher elevation streams will be cool but some of the lower streams have been doing very well. If a small stream is your destination of choice today I would start with dry flies. Yellow Stimulators, Rubberleg Stimulators or Neversink Caddis are great, but don't forget about good ole attractors like Thunderhead, Royal Wulff and the classic standby, the Parachute Adams. Terrestrials are also a great choice this time of the year. Ants and beetles are productive and also the Green Weenie.
On bigger water start with dries (I prefer dries) but also try tying on a dropper. Use a little black ant or a Green Weenie as your dropper. Nymphs are good in the deeper pockets.

Early morning or late afternoon are going to be your best times. Midday will still produce some fish but you are going to have to work harder for them.

Where ever you go, take advantage of this nice weather!

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

Daniel Drake
August 13, 2009

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