Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Welcome to the Fishing Report. The sun is shining on Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Townsend, Tennessee. Labor Day weekend starts now. Visitors are arriving. Traffic was heavier than normal this morning. The motel and campground owner/managers I talked to yesterday are reporting a full house. This is going to be a big tourism weekend here. The small businesses in town could use a break. August was very slow for many of us. It was so hot, people didn’t want to camp, backpack, hike or fish.
Tomorrow you are going to be in for a treat. The high temperature is expected to be 78 degrees with humidity at 57%. The low tomorrow night is predicted to be 51 degrees in the valley, much cooler than that in the mountains. We have a 40% chance for rain today and 30% tonight. It will be sunny, cool and comfortable for the balance of the holiday weekend.
Little River is flowing at a snail’s pace. The water is low. The current flow in Little River below the “Y” is 46 cubic feet per second (cfs). Normal for this date is 85 cfs. The water temperature in town this morning was 69 degrees, same as yesterday. That will drop this weekend. If we get some rain and higher flows coupled with the lower temperatures, fishing should be very good this weekend.
If the water is low you need to be careful not to spook the trout. They will be in the riffles, in the pockets or hiding under structure. Where riffles enter pools and the water is choppy, they will be there. The higher elevations streams will be cooler and that might be important today. Over the weekend we should see cool water in the lower elevations. This will give you more options. The sun will be bright so during the day, fish the shaded water. Try terrestrials such as beetles and ants. That is what the trout are used to seeing on the water right now. Mayfly, caddis and stonefly imitations may work too. Most important is getting a good drift and staying concealed. Once they see you it’s over.
You will find peace and quiet early in the mornings on the stream. It may be warm enough for tubers and swimmers this weekend and there should be plenty of them around. I would venture a mile or two away from the road and find a nice stream to fish. Take a hike up the Little River above Elkmont. I would fish on Thunderhead Prong and Sams Creek. The further you go, the cooler the water will be and you will find less people swimming or tubing. The campgrounds are going to be full so there will be plenty of people around.
Yesterday we had one forest fire in our county. Now we have three. One is in the Park and the other two are on Chilhowee Mountain. All are under control for now.
Have a great labor day weekend and enjoy the cool weather. Thank you for being here with us.
September 3, 2010
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