Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 9/9/16
Looks like its gonna be another scorcher today in the Smoky Mountains. Highs are expected to be in the low 90’s across Gatlinburg and Bryson City. Of course the high elevations inside the park won’t be nearly as hot. Stream side you probably will only see high 70’s, so not too bad once you’re on the water. Night time lows were 58 inside the park. No rain last night although it looked almost like it was going to early evening. Fingers we’re crossed I promise you! Next week we are forecasted to have several days of much needed rain. I’m not sure how to do a happy dance, but I’m busting out with something resembling the “sprinkler” nonetheless!
Our guides are all reporting great fishing inside the park yesterday. Trout were rising well to dry flies on the sides of the heaviest oxygenated runs. They’re also taking a wide variety of nymphs fished deep in the fastest water you can find. Streams are still low of course but that’s nothing unusual for this time of year. Just wear drab colored clothes and sneak up on them. You shouldn’t have any pronblems. Please be advised to fish above 2,500 feet in elevation as the water tempratures are better from that elevation range and up. Our wild trout don’t need the added stress of being caught and released in the warmer water down low.
Looks like it’s going to be a nice weekend in the Smokies. The Rod Run is happening on the Tennessee side of the big hill, so be prepared for heavy traffic and long lines in restaurants. I do believe I’ll make my way down to Pigeon Forge and take in the sights of some of the old muscle cars. Although I didn’t grow up in that era, my parents did, you can bet those cars strike a special cord in my heart. My dad was an old hotrodder from way back and always had something sitting in the driveway that would pin your ears back when the loud pedal got mashed. I enjoy the smell of burning rubber just as much as he did.
Be safe this weekend and catch and release please!
See you on the water!