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

Welcome to the Fishing Report. The skies above Townsend are overcast and gray. Normally I would prefer the bright clear blue of September but if the gloomy atmosphere brings rain then I am all for it.

The weather forecast is calling for a chance of rain today and tonite with a high probability of rain Monday and into Tuesday. That will be a welcome relief. Water levels are getting very low. The gauge reading this morning for the Little River was only 1.19 feet or 32 c.f.s. That is quite a bit lower than the daily average of 71 c.f.s. and not too far off from the record low for this date of 23 set back in 1998.

Water temperatures aren't too bad. This morning at the streamflow gauge it was registering right about 66F. In the higher elevation streams temps will be much cooler. Waders or no waders....that is the question. Is it time to dust the waders off? I probably wouldn't. Given how low the water is right now I don't expect my boots would even get very wet. I would definitely be starting the day in a fleece or long sleeve shirt until the air warmed.

Yesterday was dead here at the Shop. I figure everyone started tailgating early for the UT game. If you aren't into football a game day is a great time to fish. Mid-day home games are the best as they don't provide enough time for fans to go the the mountains and still make it home before kick off.

Dry flies continue to work well in the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I would stick with #16 for the most part, maybe a bit larger if you are going to be using a dropper. Parachute Adams, Orange or Yellow Stimulators, Orange Palmers, Wulff patterns, etc have been doing well. Terrestrials continue to produce also. Have some nymphs with you in the box. A pheasant tail or hares ear can make a good dropper.

Be extra stealthy and stay out of the water as much as possible. Staying out of the water shouldn't be too tough given the lack of water. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
September 16, 2012 

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