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The Fishing Report 05/24/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:26 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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66.4 Fahrenheit
1.70 Feet 132 CFS
6:25
8:41
21.07"
20.35"



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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 6:26 am, the temperature outside is 66.4 degrees.

Today will be mostly sunny and warm, in the mid-80’s with a low tonight in the mid-60’s. Tomorrow, and through the holiday weekend, we will be subject to thunderstorms, a 50% to 60% chance. High temperatures will be in the low 80’s each day. Lows will dip to the mid-60’s.

It has been warmer than normal during the last two weeks. For instance, the high temperature yesterday reached 85 degrees at the Knoxville Airport. The normal high for that day is 80 degrees. The noticeable temperatures, above normal, have been at night. The normal low temperature yesterday was 58 degrees. The actual low was 65.

With warmer than normal temperatures at night, the streams are warmer than normal. Yesterday, Little River, in the lowest elevation in the Park, peaked at 70 degrees. It is healthier for the trout, to catch and release them when water temperatures are below 70 degrees, better at 65 degrees or cooler. For that reason, I would recommend you fish the mid to high elevations, where the water is cooler.

I would highly recommend you keep a thermometer in your vest and monitor the water temperature. Doing so will improve your fishing and help protect the trout’s health.

Little River is flowing at 132 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.70 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 188 cfs. The water temperature is 66.4 degrees this morning. This gauge site is located just inside the Park from Townsend, at a low elevation. The water is much cooler, the further you go, upstream.

Fly fishing in the Smokies is very good. Use either dry flies or nymphs and you will do well. My dry fly choices would be a Yellow Neversink Caddis, Yellow Stimulator or a Parachute Light Cahill. You will probably do well with many other patterns. Most important is stealth and fly presentation, getting a good drift.

For sub-surface fishing, it would be hard to beat a Green or Pink Weenie. A Bead Head Pheasant Tail will do too. Many nymphs will work.

Terrestrials, like ants and beetles are good bugs to mimic with your flies. Beetle patterns are always effective during the warm months.

Smallmouth bass and warmwater species are in shallow water on the lakes, perfect for fly fishing enthusiasts to enjoy. You will do best on cloudy days, when using poppers or other top water flies. If it is going to be sunny on the day you can go, go early or late when the sun is off the water, or find shaded banks. When the sun pops out, fish deeper.

I read about this yesterday on a different website and the incident occurred last Friday night. A man who rented a cabin near Townsend, heard a noise on the porch at night. He stepped outside and surprised a bear on the porch. The bear swiped him on the arm, then took off.

You can read the story today on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE.

There have been a rash of bear encounter articles written lately. Three bears were euthanized in Gatlinburg last week. They were aggressive, and obviously humanized. Bears with that propensity are accustomed to finding food, provided by humans, either by accident or fed on purpose.

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, is trying to get the word out to our visitors on how to avoid bad immediate and future bear problems, that often threaten the life of the bear, not to mention, the well being of the human visitor.

One thing I learned from this article, something I did not know, it is a federal misdemeanor to knowingly come within 50 yards of a bear in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The charge carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $5,000 fine. Heck, people do that all the time.

Patagonia is selling food. I didn’t know that either. Of course, everything they sell is sustainable. The buffalo jerky is farm raised. The animals graze on native grasses. One of the most interesting foods they sell are canned mussels. They are farmed in Spain. CLICK HERE to visit the mussel page on the Patagonia website. Watch the video. It is very interesting.

Those interviewed are speaking Spanish, but there are captions for those of us who do not, to understand what they are saying. The way they are farming these mussels is really amazing.

I spent two weeks in Cedar Key, Florida one year, kayak fishing. What I found there, is a tiny beautiful town, with a thriving clam farming business. The clams are raised in matts, in shallow water. The farmers use special boats, with no transom, to plant and harvest the clams. A clam processing plant in town, buys their harvest, and supplies the farmers with new, baby clams.

Clammers have to navigate the Cedar Key area channels. In some areas, the water is so shallow, they have to be moving fast with their boat on plane. Should they stop for some reason, the boats can be stuck in the mud. I saw that happen once. The clammer had to wait until high tide to be dragged off the bar.

For that reason, if you see a clam boat heading toward your kayak, get out of the way quickly. If you don’t, you may cause that boat to become mired in mud. While there, we learned where these boats navigate, and avoided the area or paddle through quickly. You can visit the University of Florida Shellfish Aquaculture website by CLICKING HERE.

We were told by some people, clammers hate kayakers. I can understand why, now. I found those folks to be very nice and friendly, but I pretty much stayed out of their way, so they could make a living.

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

Byron Begley
May 24, 2018

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