Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee.  It is foggy and 58 degrees.  That feels good.  Traffic is fairly heavy in town to be this early in the morning.  Of course, it’s a holiday weekend.  Most campgrounds and motels are full or near capacity.  The company hired by the Tennessee Department of Transportation to survey the right of way are working today on a Saturday.  I think they are about to mark the boundary line of our property.  I’m watching with anticipation.  I know where the boundary is.  I want to see how close they come.

We got a brief heavy shower yesterday.  The gauge had 1/4” in it.  Little River rose a little but the water is still low.  There is no rain in sight for the next few days.  Flow in the river is currently 51 cubic feet per second (cfs).  Median flow for this date is 109 cfs.  The water temperature at the swinging bridge was 68 degrees.

A cold front is upon us.  The high today is supposed to be 79 degrees.  The low tonight may dip to 50 or lower.  Sunday looks nice too, high 82, low 53.

We’ll see the water temperatures drop.  That will help the fishing.  But low water makes fishing for trout tougher.  They are concentrated, hiding and nervous.  You will need to pull out your set of low water fly fishing skills and the appropriate terminal tackle.  I would go light on the tippet, 6X unless you are trying to catch a big brown.  You will find trout in pockets behind rocks in the riffles, where a riffle enters a pool and the water is choppy or under structure.  Wear dark clothing that blends in. Stay low.  You will catch some trout.

I would probably use terrestrial flies.  Try a beetle.  Drop an ant or Green Weenie off that.  Other patterns will work too.  Try larger nymphs or streamers for the big trout.  If you want to fish some very cool water, go up high.

We’re open all weekend so come on by.  Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Byron Begley
September 4, 2010

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