Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. This morning is another classic cool, clear September morning. Fall definetly feels like it is here. Hopefully it will continue. The forecast is calling for some rain tonight and tomorrow and highs only in the upper 70's. After a long hot Summer this makes for some great fishing weather.

Water levels are looking great. The flow this morning of 1.54 feet or 83 cfs is just about normal for this date. Water temperature this morning at the Swinging Bridge was 63F. The rivers are all running clear. Even though the flow is normal, water levels are still low making stealth especially important. Sneak up to the stream and stay out of the water as much as possible. Concentrate on the faster water and shaded areas. It is supposed to rain some tomorrow so a nice cloud cover will help the fishing.

Fishing has been good all around Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Little River, especially from Metcalf Bottoms up to Elkmont Campground, has been fishing well. Upstream from Elkmont along the Little River Trail is always a good spot especially if you are wanting to hike a little ways.
Tremont along the gravel road continues to produce well. I would avoid Thunderhead and Sam's Creek for the next week. The National Park Service Fisheries crew is doing some work up on Lynn Camp Prong so there is a lot of activity going on up in that area. All those guys going back and forth are likely to have Thunderhead and Sam's stirred up a bit.

Dry flies have been working well in the mountains. The yellow stonefly patterns such as Neversink Caddis and Stimulators keep on doing their job. You might want to start getting some dries with more of an orange tint to them. Orange tends to be a good color as Fall progresses.
All the basic nymph patterns have been working. A BH Pheasant Tail or small Prince Nymph will make a good dropper below a stimulator or Wulff pattern. #12 to #16 if you are going to fish the nymphs alone. #14-#18 if you are using it as a dropper.

We still have a few Beginner Fly Fishing classes coming up before they end for the year. If you have been thinking about taking one give us a call before all the spaces fill up.

It should be a pretty day to be out on the water today. If you get the chance to take advantage of it do it.

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

Daniel Drake
September 14, 2011

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Our fly fishing classes will be offered from March to October 2011.   To sign up just call the shop at 877-448-3474.  You can read more on our website in the Schools Section.  The fly fishing class schedule follows:

Saturday September 24 – Beginner Day One
Sunday September 25 – Beginner Onstream Day Two
Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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