Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Today is a beautiful Friday morning here in Townsend. The sky is clear. The light fog is burning off. Fishing has been getting better by the day.

Fishing in the Smokies has really improved over the past week. It is still late August so don't expect fishing to be like it is in May, but water temps are cooling and you are less likely to die of heat exhaustion now due to lower air temps. High up in the mounains you might even want a long sleeve shirt.
The upper reaches of Tremont along the gravel road has been fishing alright. General attractor patterns, Stimulators, and terrestrials have been good. You might want to use a dropper fly also.
Construction continues at the Elkmont Campground to repave the trailhead for Little River Trail. There is designated parking for those that using the Little River Trail. Please follow the signs and park in the designated area. Little River upstream of Metcalf Bottoms has been fishing pretty well also. I would still concentrate on fishing the faster, broken, pocket water.
The streams of the Little Pigeon watershed have been the best bet all Summer. The same type flies have been working all over the Smokies. Nothing much is hatching right now so go with more attractor patterns and nymphs. Presentation is still key. Even more so now that the water levels are low.

Water levels are lower than "normal" but they are still at a good fishable level. It looks like another blowout today at the Clinch. A good many of the crowds are gone from the Smokies so if you have been waiting to come up this way to fish, this could be the weekend for you.

Raz Reid, a sales rep for SAGE, Redington, Rio, Umpqua, Tibor, and now Fishpond, was here to see us yesterday. He had some neat new stuff to show off. Fishpond has some new pieces coming out for next year. They have a new women's vest that we were happy to find actually had pockets large enough to put real fly boxes in. I have not figured out how most companies don't get what women fly fisherman want. From what I've heard and seen, women simply want gear that functions just like the other stuff....but that is sized to fit a woman. Fishpond also has a new collection out of oil cloth bags. They are sharp looking. For those of you that like to hike way back into the headwaters Fishpond has two new chestpack/backpack combos. The Tundra Tech Pack has a molded back with an internal frame to help carry the load and lots of other Fishpond-esque gadgetry. The thing I like the most is that they FINALLY added clips so that you can clip the chest pack to the back of the pack while you are hiking in. Another new item, available in December, is from Chota. I think this will be great for the back country fisherman who needs to be able to get into the water but isn't going to be really wading. It is the Caney Fork Knee High Sock. It is a knee high waterproof/breathable wader with a neoprene foot. It will allow you to get into the water enough to be away from the trees or to land a trout, but you don't have to deal with the weight or bulk of a full pair of waders. It will also be perfect for launching your canoe or jumping in an out of a drift boat. The best part is that you get all this versitility for only $69.95.
Sage has an exciting new rod. Well, not completely "new" but definitely a welcome return of a classic. They are bringing back the beloved XP in a series called the VXP. It is dressed down a bit with a nice wood and aluminum reel seat and a cordura case, but it is still the same excellent casting rod that it has always been. What is even better than that?? It is going to start at $485.

If you can sneak away from the house this weekend, get out and fish. If you are up in Townsend on Saturday...Mary K. aka The Fish Lady is opening her new gallery on Saturday from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. She has some really incredible fine art much of it with a fish or nature theme. It is called Fish Lady and Friends Gallery at 7509 Old Hwy 73, Townsend. It is in the building that used to be the Strawberry Patch, across from where you would turn to go to Tuckeleechee Caverns. It is just off the main road (US 321). Stop by if you can. Look for Mary K's van, painted on one side like a brook trout and the other like a rainbow.

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

Daniel Drake
August 27, 2010


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