Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is an incredibly nice morning here in Townsend. We are finally experiencing the great weather we should have for this time of the year. Cool in the mornings and warming up throughout the day. The next week or so is looking to be more of the same. Town is pretty quiet right now. It is an in between time of the year. With school back in session and it being too early for the Fall colors there just isn't the huge crowds of people.

Fishing is really improving in the mountains. Water temps are nice and cool and water levels are just about normal for this time of the year. If you are headed up to the high elevations I would wear long sleeves or take a light jacket. It will be cool in the mornings especially if you are going to wet wade.

In the Smokies I'd be fishing some dry fly patterns during the day and afternoon. A terrestrial such as a beetle or small Chernobyl style fly can be good. My personal favorite for a dry in the late Summer is the Stimulator. Don't forget about the great old standbys of the Parachute Adams, Thunderhead and Elk Hair Caddis.
Green Weenies continue to be excellent dropper flies especially in the high elevations. All you basic nymph patterns have been doing well. A little Pheasant tail or Prince nymph hung off your Parachute Adams is a solid setup no matter which river you head to.

We are starting to hear back from the manufacturers reps after the big IFTD show in Denver. This is the big annual trade show for the fly fishing industry. I am excited about the new gear for next year. Scientific Anglers has a new series of fly lines coming out. They are taking some of the ideas from the Sharkskin lines and hopefully improving on them. The outside finish is still going to be textured but it will have more of a rounded feel which should help with line to hand abrasion while still retaining the excellent shootability of the Sharkskin. It is also supposed to be a quieter line. Finally, it is only going to be $79 instead of a hundred. We haven't gotten to see or cast this line yet but Scientific Anglers rarely dissappoints. They also have a new spray on bug spray coating for clothing and gear. It is supposed to not have a scent and last for something in the range of 6 washes of the garment. This could bring new life to the fishing shirts you already have if you are headed to a buggy location.

Byron has taken the day off today to get prepared for his and Paula's trip next week. Time for me to get back to digging through 2011 catalogs and deciding what to order for next year.  

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

Daniel Drake
September 14, 2010


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