Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Townsend is once again waking up to a bright, clear morning. This morning has been cool but I can feel that it will be warm this afternoon. August ends today and Fall will be just around the corner.

Putting a good spin on fishing conditions will be a challenge. Water levels are low. The flow on the Little River gauge is 1.22 feet or 35cfs. The record low for this date was back in 1987 with a flow of 31cfs. This low water could be much worse for the trout than it is this year. Despite low flows, water temps haven't gotten too bad. Low and hot can be fatal but so far we aren't too bad this year. Low clear water does make fishing much more difficult. Trout will be much more spooky in the crystal clear waters. Also, slow flows makes it much harder to camoflauge your wading. Stay out of the water as much as possible. Luckily this is much easier to do since much of the stream bottom is dry.

Anglers are still catching trout but it is tough. You are going to have to work harder for fewer fish. That doesn't make the fishing any less fun or relaxing. A change of expectation can make all the difference in having a good day.

Have a variety of flies to cast when you head out. Reducing the size of your flies can help in the low water. Smaller parachutes have been good. Also all the yellow stonefly patterns you have been fishing all Summer. Terrestrials such as ants, beetles and green weenies.

I ordered a 9' 5wt 4pc Sage ONE the other day to have to sell. Quantities on new ONE rods are limited from Sage as they try to keep up with production. If you are wanting one just give us a call and we'll see if it is available or what the time frame is. They are fantastic rods and I'm not one of those anglers who believes that Sage is the only rod worth owning. All of the several rods I cast definitely lived up to the hype.

Another little item we just got back in stock is the Twiston Lead. This is the little strips of lead that come in the match book. For quite a while we were unable to get this product and thought that they had been discontinued permantently. Not so. I've not used this yet but you just twist the piece of lead around your line. When you are done you can just untwist, no kinking to the line like can happen with split shot.

I better get this posted before it gets too late. Seems like this Wednesday Fishing Report is becoming a permanent gig. I hope everyone enjoys it.

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

Daniel Drake
August 31, 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
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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