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The Fishing Report 05/29/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:55 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge Indicating Fishing is Between Slow and Good
 

Water Temperature Little River
Stream Flow
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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62.6 Fahrenheit
2.47 Feet 406 CFS
6:22
8:45
22.75"
21.02"



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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 5:55 am, the temperature outside is 68.0 degrees.

It is raining fairly heavy right now. We are expecting that through tomorrow. The National Weather Service reports, “There is a threat of heavy rain today and tonight across much of the Tennessee Valley and southwest North Carolina. A flash flood watch is in effect.”

There is also a high chance for rain tomorrow and tomorrow night. Thunderstorms are also likely Thursday and Friday.

Many streams in the Smokies are flowing high, two to three times their median flow. Right now, Little River is flowing at 406 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.47 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 189 cfs. The water temperature is 62.6 degrees this morning.

Little River is flowing above median flow, but for the moment, it is not too high to fish. The gauge reading of 2.47 feet is on the high side of good. That could easily change quickly with this unstable weather we have now. That may change by the time I finish writing this report.

The soil is saturated. Heavy rain may cause flooding. If you go fishing today, be on the lookout for quickly rising water and a flash flood. You don’t want to be caught in one of those.

The fishing gauge is reading “Fair” because there is a fair chance fishing may be good today in some streams. There is also a good chance fishing will be slow. It all depends on where you are and how much rain you get in that watershed.

Anglers sometimes get caught in a flash flood, on the wrong side of the stream. I know many people that has happened to. Being on the wrong side means, the road or trail is just a few yards away, but you can’t get to that side. At that point you have two options, bushwhack out to a bridge, or wait until the water recedes. Bushwhacking to a bridge in some areas is almost impossible. I would wait until the water recedes in most cases, in the Smokies.  

A situation like this is especially dangerous when it is cold. You may be wet. Hypothermia is a reality. That may not be the case now, but I’ve heard some scary stories of anglers being trapped, wet, cold and that possibility was real.

I think I’ll stay home and work on our online store today.

Rescue squads in the area are prepared and ready to go, just in case. Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is monitoring the rain situation. They are warning that they may open flood gates at dams, at any time. The lakes are high right now, for the boating recreation season. If TVA sees the need, they will partially lower the lakes to create storage capacity. You can read a story about their planning on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE.

TVA plans to generate at most of the dams I checked this morning, all day long. I checked two lowland river flows, Little River at Maryville and the Little Pigeon in Sevierville. They are flowing fairly high. I don’t know for a fact, but I suspect some lowland rivers are also stained.

I would not want to be on a lake today or tomorrow, with a high chance for thunderstorms. I’ve spent many days on the water, in lakes and in the ocean, hoping not to be struck by lightning. That is not an enjoyable feeling.

Paula and I were fly fishing for tarpon in Florida one day, and saw two waterspouts. One was heading in our direction. A waterspout is a water based tornado. We outran the one heading our way. It was a little tense that day too. Actually, it was very tense.

This is not a great day to be writing a fishing report. I’m afraid tomorrow may be worse. I am sorry for the dismal read today.

Hey, I think this is better than a drought!

If you go today, be careful.

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

Byron Begley
May 29, 2018

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com 


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