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The Fishing Report 05/20/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:06 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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65.5 Fahrenheit
1.74 Feet 141 CFS
6:27
8:38
20.43"
19.81"



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

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Welcome to the Fishing Report from Townsend, Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At 6:06 am, the temperature outside is 62.1 degrees.

I was outside, walking around at dawn. The forest was coming to life. I heard what sounded like hundreds of birds. They all had something different to say. It was a spectacular chorus. This is going to be a good fishing day.

Today will be warm, in the mid-80’s. We have a slight chance for showers or thunderstorms this afternoon. Otherwise, it will be partly sunny, like it was yesterday.

Little River is flowing at 141 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.74 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 209 cfs. The water temperature is 65.5 degrees this morning.

If today is similar to yesterday, water temperatures in the lowest elevations will climb to the upper 60’s. It will be best for you, and the trout, if you fish a little higher, where the water is cooler. I would fish higher on the Middle Prong of Little River, or hike on to Lynn Camp Prong. Another option would be to fish near or above Elkmont on the East Prong. Abrams Creek will probably be cool, fairly close to the Falls Trailhead.

If I were not working today, I would want to be out there right now.

Trout are taking dry flies well. Anything that looks like an adult Yellow Sally Stonefly or a Light colored sulphur mayfly will work. Try a Parachute Light Cahill a Yellow Neversink Caddis. Other options are, Rob’s Hellbender or a Yellow Parachute Adams. There are many more.

If you decide to fish below the surface, tie on a Green or Pink Weenie. Try a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

What fly you choose is not as important as “stealth”. Don’t let the trout know you are there. Dress to blend with the forest. Don’t wade unless you have to. You could be wading where you should be fishing. Don’t cast a shadow over the area you are fishing.

Fishing is like turkey hunting in many ways. Don’t let either know you are there and you will do much better. Unusual noise will cause you to catch less fish, especially in a calm water situation. Unusual sounds are interpreted by fish as “danger”.

The lowland rivers are fishing well for smallmouth bass, rock bass and other panfish. Go early or late or both. It looks perfect outside my office window this morning. It feels comfortable out there too.

The weather pattern we are in now mimics Summer. Each day and night will be warmer than normal. There is a chance for thunderstorms every day, over the next ten days. The chance is very high tomorrow. Expect highs in the 80’s and lows in the 60’s from now through June 3rd.

One man was killed and another seriously injured by a mountain lion yesterday, near Seattle Washington. The men were mountain biking on a gravel road when the attack occurred. A mountain lion or cougar attack is very rare. I read this morning, there have been only about 100 reported during the past century. Approximately 20 were fatal. You can read the story on the USA Today website by CLICKING HERE.

Mountain lions are moving into Tennessee. For many decades, there were no confirmed sightings until recently. Of course, trail cameras are fairly new technology. CLICK HERE to visit the TWRA map where these sighting has been confirmed by the agency.

All of the confirmed cougar sightings have occurred in Middle and West Tennessee. I know some people who have seen them here, but as far as I know, there are no photos to prove it.

Try to go fly fishing today if you can. It is going to be a “good one”.

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

Byron Begley
May 20, 2019  

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