Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a beautiful Fall morning in Townsend. The crowds have moved on after the big festivals of the past weekend. Looking out the window over the mountains, there are very few clouds in view.

Water levels are just about normal for this time of year. 1.48 feet on the gauge or 72cfs. Normal water is low water though so be prepared to be stealthy. Water temps are good. Fishing reports from around the Smokies have been good. Anglers are catching trout on Little River from Metcalf Bottoms picnic area all the way to Elkmont Campground and also up the trail above Elkmont. Middle Prong of Little River continues to fish well. The higher elevation brook trout waters should be fishing great right now. Brookies spawn in the Fall so their already beautitful colors will be getting even more brilliant.

Dry fly patterns continue to work well. Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis and Stimulators in #14-#16 sizes are good. Don't forget about the terrestrials. Ant patterns can make a great dropper. If you are going to try some nymphs , a BH Pheasant Tail or a Tellico can be an excellent choice.  

Byron mentioned yesterday that the sales rep from Orvis stopped by. They have a bunch of new items coming out after the first of the year. The newly re-done Clearwater rod is very nice. They will sell it as a beginner rod but it is only labeled as such because of price. It casts very nice and looks good. A new one-size-fits-most vest will join their lineup. I like adjustable vests. You can cinch it down in the Summer or loosen it up in the cooler months to fit over bulkier clothes. The old Clearwater reel will be replaced with a new $49 large arbor reel. In a gutsy (possibly ill-advised move) Orvis is replacing the original Battenkill reel with an less than $100 cast large arbor reel. It is a great reel for the money. Nothing new in waders or boots. They have redone all of their fly lines. Tweeking tapers, new textured technology and great coatings. Like the Scientific Anglers lines, the Orvis fly lines will be marked near the top with micro writing that lets you know which line you have. No more relying on the little stickers on the backside of the spool. They also have a new bio-degradable fly line packaging. Orvis seems to improve more each year. Sure not everything is a winning product but every company is like that. They definitely seem to be on a track headed forward.

If you get the chance to sneak away head to the mountains and catch some trout.

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

September 28, 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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