Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It has been a very foggy start to the morning here in Townsend but now it has mostly burned off revealing clear blue skies. I'm expecting a very pretty day in the mountains.

Byron is out this morning doing a photo shoot with Mark from Chota. I think they are taking pictures of the new Chota Camo Hippies and Camo Rocky River Waders. I'm not a big camo guy but these could give that extra edge we all hope for in the Smokies.

Water levels are down to their normal low level for this time of year. The streamflow gauge is giving a reading of 1.59 feet or 94 c.f.s. The median flow for today is 84 c.f.s. These flows are lower than we have seen all year. This is going to mean stealthy approaches to the water, maybe a lighter tippet, and your presentation of the fly will more even more. When the water gets low like this concentrate on the faster moving parts of the stream. The trout have more cover in the broken water and that is where you are going to find more feeding fish. Of course in the broken water getting a good drift gets even more difficult. A longer rod will give you more control over the line and give you the ability to hold more line off the water. Your drifts may be short....only a foot or two. Try to keep your fly line off the water, leaving only your leader or tippet.

Yellow Sally patterns are still working well. Try some general attractors also such as Thunderheads. Terrestrials, beetles and ants are excellent this time of year. Some anglers are fishing nymphs. In the lower water this can present some challenges. If you use a strike indicator, the water may be too shallow for it to really be effective. You might be better off keeping the line tight and feeling for the strike.

If you head out on the river today, be stealthy. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 9, 2013

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