Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and a warm 54 degrees this morning.  The mountains were completely fogged in at 8:00 am but they are in view now at 8:20.  Traffic is light so far.  This is a holiday so I expect plenty of people milling around later.  We’ve had a lot of activity this weekend.  Park visitation is approaching it’s peak season along with the changing leaf color.  Colors are predicted to be good this year in the East.

Little River is still flowing slowly.  Flow is 43 cubic feet per second right now.  Median flow for this date is 71 cfs.  We have a good chance for rain tomorrow and Thursday.  I hope that happens.  We could use some water.

Fishing reports in the Smokies were mixed this weekend.  Those who found deeper water and current fared well.  Trout are taking about any dry flies that look like food.  Blue wing olives are hatching and some are very small.  Those hatches are getting the attention of the trout.  Other mayflies are hatching too, sporadically.  Concentrate on the moving water in riffles or where a riffle enters a pool.  I would use a dry fly with a bead head nymph dropper.  If you do encounter a hatch, try to dig out a fly that looks like the real thing.  A #20 Blue Wing Olive might be just the right choice. 

Now that we have cloud cover you may see some brown trout out in the open during the day.  They will be spawning soon.  They are starting to pair up. Some of my friends are looking for them.  They may spend hours just looking at likely spots and not fishing hardly at all.  Cloud cover, shorter days and cooler water seems to start the spawning activity.  The brook trout are beautiful right now.  They will be spawning soon if not already in the high elevations.  Anglers who are catching brookies right now are awed by the colors of the trout.  I’ve been hearing that a lot lately.

Smallmouth bass fishing is picking up on the lakes according to the KnoxNews Website Fishing Report.  The water is the impoundments is cooler and the fish are moving into shallow water.  That is what we have been waiting for.  If we get some rain we’ll see the smallmouth bass fishing in our river improve too.  Smallmouth fishing in the tailwaters has been good.

Evidently the bluegill fishing is picking up on Ft. Loudon and Tellico Lake.  The larger fish are taking poppers.

Fishing news is sounding much better.  Anglers are getting out again.  We notice that here.  This has been a Summer that our little industry would rather have done without.  It was hot, wet and sometimes dry like it is now.  Little River set high flow records this Summer.  You could not tell by looking at her now.  Fishermen cancelled their trips to the Rockies early in the season.  The water was way too high.  Now it’s fine.  Late Fall in Yellowstone should be perfect if you can stand the cold.  Once you hook one of those huge spawning browns in the Madison you almost forget about the cold, almost.

I’m sitting here waiting for the rain to begin. 

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

Byron Begley
October 10, 2011

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Saturday October 8 – Beginner Day One
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