Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and 61 degrees in Townsend this morning.  It feels like Fall.  Puffs of fog are scattered around the mountains and partially covering some of them.  It is beautiful here today.

Little River looks better than I have seen it in a long time.  The water is clear and flowing at the perfect level for fly fishing.  I have not said that in a while.  And listen to this, the water temperature at 7:45 am was 62 degrees.  What could be better than that?

Flow is 214 cubic feet per second right now.  Median flow for this date is 85 cfs.

Conditions are perfect for fly fishing in the Park.  The flow is good, perfect for wading and offering trout plenty of options to spread out again.  Now, they are not confined to low riffles.  The water temperature is perfect.  The sky is overcast and will be today and tomorrow.  You could not ask for a better set of circumstances if you are a fly fisher. 

I would not know where to start with fly selection.  A lot of flies will work.  I would probably still pick terrestrials but larger bugs would be my preference.  Try a cicada, large beetle and drag a Green Weenie behind the dry.  A Parachute Adams or Thunderhead would be a good choice.  The PA is easier to see.  Yellow stones are another good choice for the dry.  Or streamers like minnow or crawfish imitations will work in some areas.  The trout are going to be on the prowl for food.

Down here in Little River, the conditions are also perfect for smallmouth fishing.  Those fish should be cruising under the cover of the clouds.  You won’t have to worry about shady areas, everything is shaded right now.  Poppers or Stealth Bombers are what I would use. 

This is going to be a great weekend to fish in the Park. It is going to be cool at night, in the mid 50’s.  Daytime highs will be in the 70’s to low 80’s.  Sounds like camping weather to me.  There is only a slight chance for rain each day through Monday.

I pulled out of the driveway yesterday morning at 6:30 am.  Our boat was in tow.  I met Josh Pfeiffer and we drove over to the lake to fish for smallmouth bass.  It was chilly all day with a misty rain almost always present.  We noticed some trees turning to Fall colors.  It seems early for that.  A huge bald eagle flew over, we saw a family of river otters and even a teal flying swiftly over the water.  It was a perfect setting and we did not see the first boat until the afternoon. 

The water temperature was 70 degrees.  We thought that would be perfect for poppers and Stealth Bombers.  Bluegill and small bass were active and trying to take our surface flies.  The bass we caught were small.  Occasionally we would have a good size smallmouth look at our flies but they usually wouldn’t take it.  If they did, we seemed to always be looking the other way at the beautiful surroundings.  We finally gave in, switched to smaller flies and caught more fish.

The bluegill and shellcracker beds were empty.  We were hoping to catch one last spawn.  That didn’t happen.

At 3:30 in the afternoon we pulled the boat out of the water.  I spent the day trying to keep up with a guide who is less than half my age.  We didn’t break for lunch, we just kept on fishing all day.  We probably would have found the larger bass down deep.  Josh had a sinking line on one rod but never tried it.  I guess we were just being stubborn and hoping for top water action.

It was a great day.  I think we are going after stripers next. 

You should consider being here this weekend.  It’s going to be a good one.

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

Byron Begley
September 8, 2011

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Saturday September 10 – Beginner Day One
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Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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