Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. Thick, heavy clouds are hanging over Townsend and the Smokies this morning. A heavy mist was falling inside the Park as I went to check the water flows and temperatures. It is downright cool this morning. The forecast for the next week looks like Fall. This weekend should be beautiful. The sun is supposed to shine but temperatures are only going to be in the high 70's. After the weekend the cool temps are forecast to continue and there is a chance for more rain.
I don't think the tropical storm could have hit us any better than it did. The rain started slow which helped to soften the concrete-like ground. We got a large amount of rain but much of it seemed to soak in and not cause too much flooding. It could have been much worse.

The streams look great! Water levels on the Little River gauge are down to 2.24 feet or 291cfs this morning. The West Prong of Little River was flowing at a good level and was clear. Middle Prong of Little River (Tremont) looked perfect. Water levels are up to a good fishing level and the stream is clear. Little River looked like Springtime. It is running clear and there is just some color in the deeper pools."
The water temperature in Middle Prong, just upstream of its confluence with West Prong was 62F. The temp in Little River at the streamflow gauge was 63F. Fishing should be very good this weekend.

If you are headed out today, especially early or in the high elevations, I would consider dusting off the waders. At very least pack along a fleece jacket. The high humidity and light rain can drain the warmth out of you pretty fast.

Flies for today in the Smokies. Early in the day I would start with some nymphs. Prince, Tellico, Pheasant Tail. All the usual suspects weighted down should be good. You can hedge your bets and fish a dropper below a stimulator or wulff pattern. For dry flies I would start with a rubber legged Stimulator or a Neversink Caddis. Elk Hair Caddis or Parachute Adams could be good also. Whatever you cast, remember to sneak up on the stream and get a good drift.

We received our first Sage ONE series rod yesterday. It is a 9' 5wt 4pc. This is a brand new series of rods for Sage so as they get production going the number of rods available are limited. If you want one of the other sizes just give us a call and we'll figure out if it is available yet.

Byron has the boat out somewhere today. I hope he is bundled up well. I bet it is cold out on the water this morning.

Take advantage of the cool weather and higher water levels. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 7, 2011

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