Townsend, Tennessee - Fly Fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, East Tennessee and Western North Carolina

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Welcome to the Fishing Report. It is a gorgeous morning here in Townsend. The morning's fog has burned off leaving us with bright, clear blue skies.  From the window in Byron's office I can see the Fall colors. Some of the trees are looking a bit bare after the high winds we had last week. There is still pleanty of brightly colored leaves to be found.

Speaking of extra careful this time of year when you are fishing. Dry and especially wet leaves on the banks of the creek can be hazardous especially with felt soled boots. When you are wading in the streams be watchful for piles of leaves on the bottom and avoid those spots. Leaves collect in depressions in the stream. What looks shallow and flat could very well be a deep hole.

Water levels are just a bit below normal for this time of year. The stream is at 1.45 feet or 67 c.f.s. The normal for this date is 77 c.f.s. The rivers are flowing very clear. You are still going to have to be very stealthy as you sneak up on the trout.

Dry fly patterns continue to work well especially in the afternoons. Parachute Adams, Stimulators, Elk Hair Caddis, Wulff patterns should be doing well. Nymphs and green weenies will be good too.

I haven't talked to any one in the last several days who is having off the chart fantastic days. Anglers are catching a good amount of fish though. A young girl from Middle Tennessee has been fishing the last couple of days with her dad. She has been doing well. She caught a very nice rainbow all on her own on Monday and several others. It is always good to see the younger generation out there enjoying something other than their phones.

Byron had the boat hooked up this morning and was headed out with his buddy Wayne. I hope they have good success... I know they'll have a good time.

New products are starting to trickle in. We received a few sizes of Orvis' new Silver Sonic Waders. At $259.00 they are great looking waders. We received one of the new Lamson Speedster reels also. This is a very large arbor, narrower reel which offers a very quick line retrieve.

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

Daniel Drake
October 24, 2012


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