Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun is peaking through the clouds right now but the weather forecast is calling for an 80% chance of rain today. There was 0.42" in the rain gauge when I checked this morning. We are still behind normal for the year according to the National Weather Service. The water levels are looking very good though.
Byron took the day off today so I'm doing the report this morning. I left the house extra early this morning to get some fishing in before work. I didn't get to the stream nearly as early as I had planned but I wet a line none the less. Because I was running short on time I couldn't venture too far. Predictably I ended up on my favorite stream fishing my favorite fly. When time is a factore I figured go with the sure bet. The bet paid off, well.
The water is just a bit murkey on the West Prong of Little River. I could still see bottom in the shallower runs but the deep pools were brown. The water color must have helped more than it hurt. I stepped into the water just after 7:00 am. In the course of the hour that I fished I landed a dozen rainbow trout and probably missed that many more. They all came up and ate a small Stimulator. Most all the trout I caught came from the faster water.
The weather looks to be cooler this weekend...finally. With the rain we have been getting this could be a good weekend to fish. I would still go higher in elevation to find the coolest water. Dry patterns such as Stimulators, Yellow Sallies, and attractors like Wulff patterns have been producing well. A dropper can be a good idea also.
This morning water levels are above normal, but they are still at an excellent fishing level. Thunderstorms are predicted for today so keep an ear for the thunder. Keep a watchful eye on the water. Water levels can rise extremely fast and without warning. You don't want to be caught in the water or on the wrong side of the stream when a wall of water comes charging through.
While water temperatures are cooler after the recent rains and lower air temps, it is still Summer and the trout will exhaust more quickly. Land the trout you hook quickly. I heard from someone once that when you take the trout out of the water you should hold your breath. If you need to take a breath so probably does the trout. Limit the photos or forget them all together.
James Buice, our Korkers, Solitude, Scott Rods, sales rep will be here this morning. He is going to show us the new items that Korkers has for the Spring. James is a nice guy and good rep to deal with. He wrote a book on where to trout fish in the Southeast. It is Southeast's Best Fly Fishing and is available on our Online Catalog. It gives a good overview of trout fishing opportunities from North Georgia all the way to Kentucky. If you are wanting to venture out and try something new or different check out this book.
Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.
August 19, 2010
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