Townsend, Tennessee - Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Welcome to the Fishing Report.  It is a beautiful morning in Townsend, Tennessee.  The trees are decorated with fall colors, mostly yellow right now.  There was no fog at all early.  The air is clear and the mountains are in sharp view.  The look closer and larger.  There are quite a few people on the streets.  This afternoon, there will be more.  Not doubt, the campgrounds are full in the Park.  Hikers, bikers, anglers, photographers and leaf lookers are gathered here for the fall ritual.

Little River looks perfect.  The water is clear and cool.  Leaves are coating the surface of the eddies but there were almost none in the current.  The water temperature was 57 degrees in town early this morning.  Flow is currently 128 cubic feet per second compared to median flow for this date of 82 cfs.  We have plenty of water compared to what we have been seeing this Fall.  The streams are in great shape for fly fishemen. 

Some people did well yesterday and I talked to a couple who did not.  The water is going to be cool this morning in the mountains.  As it warms today the fishing should be really good.  The barometric pressure is high.  I guess that can be good or bad depending on what you believe in.  I think high pressure slows the fishing down but I’ve been proven wrong many times.  It’s hard to out-guess these trout.  But most anglers have reported good fishing this week.

I would be prepared for dry fly or nymph fishing today.  You might see some blue wing olives hatching but they usually come out in numbers on cloudy days with light rain.  We won't have those conditions today. An attractor pattern like a yellow or orange Stimulator would be a good choice.  I like a Orange Elk Hair Caddis in the Fall.  Any color would probably work.  Nymphs might be they only flies that work during some of the day.  The trout’s preference would include Pheasant Tails, Tellico Nymphs or possibly Green Weenies.  Again, the patterns used may not be that important.  Getting a good drift is important.  Staying hidden is important.  Wading as little as possible is a good idea. 

I would imagine the smallmouth bass fishing should be excellent downstream in Little River and all other streams that leave the Park and meander through the lowlands.  Poppers, Stealth Bombers and crawfish patterns are what I would try.  I would certainly use a Tequeely if the fish are not taking surface flies. 

The lakes are surely fishing well for fly anglers.  The smallmouth bass and trout should be active and near the surface.  I hope to do some lake fishing next week before the cold weather moves in.  Next week is going to be cool and we may see the low near freezing on Thursday.  It is going to feel like Fall next week.  Rain is expected on Tuesday and maybe Wednesday. 

There is not much to report on in Town today.  Next week we’ll see some business owner and government activity.  I will be in at least three meetings concerning City Government, Tourism and Laurel Lake.  If I could stay out of this stuff I would have a lot more time to fish and hunt. 

You should be here this weekend.  It is going to be nice but probably crowded today until the football game starts.

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

Byron Begley
October 15, 2011

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Saturday October 22 – Beginner Day One
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