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The Fishing Report 05/31/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:38 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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63.9 Fahrenheit
3.22 Feet 911 CFS
6:21
8:46
23.34"
21.30"



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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 5:38 am, the temperature outside is 66.4 degrees.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely today, tonight and Friday. High temperatures will range from the low to mid-80’s today and through the weekend. Rain chances diminish Saturday, but increase Sunday.

Little River is flowing at 911 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 3.22 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 171 cfs. The water temperature is 61.9 degrees this morning.

Some streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park are flowing very high. All streams that have USGS flow gauges are flowing above normal. More rain is predicted. Lowland rivers are flowing high.

Yesterday, Little River was flowing low enough to fish early in the morning when I wrote this report. Later, the river rose about a foot and a half, to 4-feet on the gauge, too high to fish. In town, and downstream, Little River was flowing very high and stained yesterday.

One man drowned in Little River yesterday, at Perry’s Mill in Walland. Another person was presumed to be missing. The victim was a 33-year old man from Maryville. Divers, a drone, swift water rescue teams and even a helicopter were used last night, searching for the second person. You can read the story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is watching the high water situation. They are sluicing at Douglas Dam, trying to lower the lake. Read the story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. Many dams in our area are subject to heavy generation, sluicing or spilling over the next few days.

We have had a lot of rain here, and in other states that have rivers feeding the Tennessee River Valley, including North Carolina and Virginia, where heavy rain has fallen.

With more rain expected, and current stream and river conditions considered, this is not a good time to be fishing in this area. It is hard to say now, what the fishing conditions will be like this weekend. Right now, it does not look very good to me. We will have to wait and see what happens.

It is not safe to be fishing in many Park streams today. The currents are swift. The ground is saturated. More rain may cause flooding. Trees are holding to soft saturated ground. Trees could fall, creating another hazard. It is just not good out there right now.

Dryer conditions are predicted next week after Sunday and continuing through June 14th.

I think I’ll work every day for the next few.

One thing I do plan over the next couple of days, is to take one afternoon off and service our boat engine. We did not use it at all in May. We were fishing in Florida for half of the month.

Servicing a boat engine is very enjoyable to me. It does not take long, maybe a couple of hours. The oil and oil filter are changed. The crankcase lower unit oil is changed. The fuel filter and the spark plugs are replaced. I bought a new battery yesterday, to replace one that died this Winter.

I save the old oil in two 1-gallon jugs, and take it to AutoZone to be recycled. The oils are all mixed together, including the oil from our Gator.

We are hoping to start fishing the lakes next week. I can’t wait.

We usually target smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, rainbow trout and bluegill on the lakes. But, you never know what you will catch. June is an excellent month to fish. We like cloudy days, when top water action lasts all day. We use poppers and foam floating flies when we can.

On sunny days, we fish deeper when the sun is high. Heavily weighted Wooly Buggers and Rubber Legged Dragons are good choices. We use Puglisi Threadfin Shad patterns often, especially when we find gamefish feeding on the surface, on shad.

Surely, the streams and rivers will be back to normal next week. If the weather pattern changes, the streams may be fine this weekend. I hope so.

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

Byron Begley
May 31, 2018

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