Townsend, Tennessee
October 9, 2009

Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a gorgeous morning here in Townsend. A warm breeze is blowing, the only indication of the storms to come. The radar is showing a large band of showers far out to the west over Arkansas. They don't seem to be moving east very fast. That should hopefully leave us with a nice day today.

Water levels are looking great! I noticed more leaves floating in the eddies this morning when I took the water temp. Water temps rose a slight bit over night due to warmer night time temperatures. We have had a very good year when you look at stream temperatures. It never got too warm for the trout. This is a nice change after the last couple of years.

The wind is really blowing. I'd leave the little tiny rods home and string up something with a bit more heft to fight the wind.

Fishing reports from the Smokies have been good over the last several days. There isn't too much different to report as far as the where's and what's. Little River is an excellent destination this time of year especially if you have brown trout on the mind. If you haven't had much success with browns on Little River and really want a chance to catch some, invest some time and drive over the mountain to the North Carolina side. The Oconoluftee River can be an excellent place to catch that elusive brown. Sometimes just a simple change of venue can make all the difference. Deep Creek out of Byrson City can be another great place in the Fall. It is accessed by trail but still doesn't require hours and miles of hiking.

Over the last several weeks we have been visited by quite a few of the manufacturers sales reps who call on us. They are bringing around samples of the new 2010 gear. Most of it still isn't available yet but it some should be fairly soon. You can check out pictures of the new Chota boots and waders on our Online Catalog.

Fly Tying Classes have started once again. If you have ever thought about learning to tie flies these classes are a great opportunity for you to see if you will like it without having to buy all the stuff. Having someone help show you how to get started is also a major shortcut on the learning curve. You can see the schedule of the Fly Tying Classes here.

If you can sneak away from work today I would hit the stream before storms later tonite. Enjoy this weather while it lasts! Thank you for reading the Fishing Report. Byron will be back tomorrow.

Daniel Drake
October 9, 2009


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