Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. This morning felt like Fall again. Hopefully this is not just a teaser to give us hope before we are plunged into the sweltering heat of Summer once again. I'm going to enjoy it either way. The water temps this morning were 70F here in Townsend. The river looked low and clear. We actually got a little bit of rain last night. The rain gauge had just a bit of water in it, I estimated the amount as there was a giant spider in the gauge. The weather report of Great Smoky Mountains National Park just updated. (writing the report late has one advantage) Precipitation numbers are: 0.12" at Sugarlands, 0.31" at Newfound Gap, 0.22" at Cades Cove, 0.12" at Oconoluftee Visitor Center, and 0.13" at Mt. LeConte.

Water levels on the Little River spiked up just a notch and are on the way back down. They are at 1.45ft or 67cfs.

Higher elevations are going to be the best bet throughout the day if you have the time for the extra driving or hiking. If not, try Middle Prong (Tremont) up on the gravel section of road, or Little River around Elkmont Campground or the upper reaches of Greenbriar.

Terrestrial patterns like beetles, ants and green weenies have been working well. Standard dry fly patterns like Yellow stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Parachute Adams, Elk Caddis, etc continue to produce well. Fishing hasn't been super easy. Water levels are low so you'll have to be stealthy. The rough water will give you some cover but it also makes getting a good drift more difficult. Try to keep as much line off the water as possible. Just leader and tippet on the water. This has less drag and will give you more line control. If you are fishing close in without much line out of the tip, keep the rod high..but also keep it horizontal. If you have it vertical the line is going to slip back into the rod and your fly will end up on the tip top. This gets annoying...atleast to me. Keeping the rod horizontal will help to prevent that.

I better get this posted before it is too too late. The weather forecast is calling for a nice weekend with highs in the 80's and only marginal chances for afternoon thunderstorms. School has started back in many areas so the mountains have been much more quiet. Try to get out and take advantage of the last weeks of long Summer days!

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

Daniel Drake
August 19, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
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