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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. September weather is so pleasant. Cool mornings, warm but not hot afternoons. It is too bad it can't stay like this most of the year.

Just as we were closing last night, Byron was hooking the boat up to take it fishing today, rain fell. Not a heavy shower but those gigantic drops which leave individual marks on the concrete. The kind of drops that if you were care and quick you could run and dodge them. The official gauges in the Smokies didn't register and precipitation yesterday but our shower caused the Little River streamflow gauge to bump a little. I checked our rain gauge at the Shop and there was only a few drops, not even enough to take a measurement.

The streamflow gauge for the Little River at Townsend is reading 1.61 feet or 98 c.f.s. This is just higher than the normal for this date of 80 c.f.s. Water temperatures are still remarkably cool. 67.3F at the end of the Summer is great.
Water levels are low and the streams are running very clear. You will need to be stealthy. Be careful as you approach the stream Drab color clothing or camo can be a big help.

One advantage of low water is that it condenses the fish. Instead of them being spread out over a wide area you know they have to be in that pocket or pool. Sometimes this can make it easier to spook them (there are more eyes in a close proximity watching for predators), but sometimes it makes them more competitive and more aggressive to take the fly.

There isn't much happening in the way of hatches right now. The regular dry fly patterns continue to work. Yellow Stimulators, Neversink Caddis, Elk Hair Caddis, Thunderheads, Beetles, Ants, etc are all doing well. #14-16 generally.

Some people are doing well with nymphs. Green weenies and Barbie Bugs as well as the traditional patterns such as Prince, Tellico, Hares Ears and Pheasant Tails are all excellent choices. Sizes from #12-#18.

Byron has been writing about the changes we are going to make to the layout of the store. Our Fly Rod Department signs arrived yesterday. Hart Graphics in Knoxville always does an amazing job. We'll get those mounted on the wall as a first step. Then we'll know what else we need to do to make the rods look good.
Right now the Shop is looking a little thin. The main reason for this is simply the transition of the seasons. The fly fishing dealer show was earlier this year so we are finding out what the new items are and what is being discontinued. As we see the sales reps over the next several weeks we will be getting the new catalogs and seeing what new stuff is out there. Then it is the job of making the Spring orders and figuring out where everything will go. As we figure out which items have been discontinued we'll be putting some things on sale. Right now we have a few Winston Boron IIt rods in 3wt, 4wt, and 5wt on sale along with several reels.

It will be a pretty day to be in the mountains. 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 10, 2013

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