Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast in Townsend, Tennessee this morning.  Upper level fog has the mountains obscured from my view right now.  This is a good day to go fishing.  Traffic is fairly light especially compared to the heavy visitation we had this weekend.  There were a lot of people enjoying Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 

Little River looked very peaceful this morning.  A blue heron stalked the grass beds on the island above the swinging bridge looking for a fish meal.  They are patient fishermen.  The water flow is just barely below normal at 67 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 71 cfs.  The water temperature at 7:40 am was 64 degrees.

There is a good chance for rain over the next few days.  The odds start at 50% tonight and right now rain chance rises to 60% by Thursday night.  We’ll probably get some rain.  In fact, I just walked down to our parking lot to say hello to the hiking girls.  These women park here a couple of times a week and go hiking.  They are serious hikers.  It was starting to rain as we talked.  The rain is light right now and should not get heavy until tonight. 

Fishing should improve.  The temperatures this week will not be as cool as it has been but the extra water, if we get it will be nice.  Though the water levels are normal, normal is low this time of year.

I can tell by our leader wall that anglers are using 6X tippet.  Shipments should arrive today from Orvis and I’m ordering from Rio in a few minutes.  Our 7 ½’ 6X leader selection is dwindling.  We have tons of 7 ½’ 5X leaders.  They will sell fast if the water rises some.  Then, the 6X leaders will just sit there until the water gets low again. 

If we get the rain that is predicted I would switch to nymphs.  Green Weenies, Bead Head Pheasant Tails, Copper Johns and plenty of other sub-surface flies will work.  I’m off Wednesday and I’m trying to decide where to fish.  That depends on the weather.  If we have thunderstorms in the area I won’t pick a lake.  I will either be in the Park fishing for trout or downstream from town targeting smallmouth bass.  I’m ready for any choice.  If everything is blown out I’ll stay home and tie flies.

It is 8:20 now and the fog is lifting in the Park.  I can see some of the mountains.  This is a good day to fish up there.  Wish I could go.  I hope you can.

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

Byron Begley
September 19, 2011

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