Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is overcast and we have some light rain falling this morning.  I can barely see the lower elevation mountains from here.  The higher mountains are obscured by dense fog.  Traffic was very light earlier.  The holiday weekend is over.  We will still have plenty of visitors here to see the Fall colors.  The campgrounds in the Park were mostly full this weekend.  It was a great weekend to be camping.  I’m sure there are still hundreds or more out there now. 

Little River is rising slightly.  The rain is supposed to continue all day and tonight.  Accumulation won’t be much but we’ll take every drop we can get.  The high temperature today is supposed to be 67 degrees in the valley, cooler in the mountains.  Flow in Little River is currently 51 cubic feet per second.  Median flow for this date is 69 cfs.

Fishing should be good today.  I would love to be out there.  This is a good day for a Blue Wing Olive hatch.  Anglers are reporting some of those hatches now.  Those little mayflies can be as small as #22.  You might get away with a #16 or #18.  It’s also time to see some cream midges.  I have only fished the adults when I encounter a hatch.  That can be a lot of fun and sometimes frustrating.  So, watch the surface for fish feeding then try to identify the food source. 

Larger dry flies will work.  Try a Elk Hair Caddis in the riffles and faster water.  Orange is a good color at this time of year.  Yellow and olive work well too.  It’s hard to beat a Parachute Adams of course.  And try a small Bead Head Pheasant Tail as a dropper.

We are going to have a lot of cloud cover this week and light rain.  We could have some thunderstorms on Thursday.  Cloud cover is your friend and this will be a good week to fish because of that.  Watch for large browns of the spawning size. 

Josh and I are going to float the Holston tomorrow in his drift boat.  We will be fishing for Smallmouth Bass.  I can’t wait.  It should be cloudy with a 30% chance of showers tomorrow.  Perfect! 

I am hoping the bass will be taking poppers and Stealth Bombers.  They should be. 

The lakes are fishing better for fly anglers right now.  The bass are in shallow water on some of the lakes.  We get a lot of people in here who fish for smallmouth bass with a fly so I hear a lot of good stuff.  It sounds like Ft. Loudon and Tellico are fishing well.  They are drawing Douglas down.  I would probably not try that. 

I just got an e-mail from a friend who is going to fish for muskies this week on Melton Hill.  I linked him to a page where he can buy some big flies.  Musky fishing in Tennessee is catching on.  Catching them on a fly is gaining interest too.  We’ve been talking about it here for months.  I have a 10 weight rod.  I can tie the flies.  What I need is a bigger net.  If you are lucky enough to get one to the boat you don’t want to hurt or kill the fish.  The large net is essential.

The Hatchery managers from Dale Hollow and Erwin will give a presentation to the Great Smoky Mountains Chapter of Trout Unlimited.  Their topic will be “Mitigation Stocking” or the lack thereof.  Funding for tailwater trout stocking is one of the huge topics discussed in the trout fishing circles around here.  The Chapter meeting will be held at the Elks Club on Lonas Road in Knoxville at 7:00 on Thursday October 20th.

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

Byron Begley
October 11, 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 October 22 – Beginner Day One
Sunday October 23 – Beginner Onstream Day Two

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