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The Fishing Report 07/02/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:54 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
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65.1 Fahrenheit
2.43 Feet 387 CFS
6:24
8:56
27.60"
25.42"



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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 5:54 am, the temperature outside is 71.6 degrees.

Today will be warm, in the mid to upper 80’s. Showers or thunderstorms are likely this afternoon. The chance for rain is 60%. Tomorrow will be hotter, possibly reaching 90 degrees, and that trend will continue through Independence Day. The chance for rain is lower tomorrow and Wednesday. There is a good chance for thunderstorms, Thursday through the weekend.

Little River is flowing at 387 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.43 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 115 cfs. The water temperature is 65.1 degrees this morning.

What we have now are Spring-like flows in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Little River is flowing on the high side of good. Most rivers and streams are. We have been blessed with rain so far this Summer, and there is no indication that will change, at least through July 16th.

Fly fishing for trout, browns, rainbows and brookies is good.

I have been hearing stories all year about better than average sized trout. I talked to David Knapp last week. He told me the same thing. His theory is, and it makes sense to me, the trout are larger because the population was reduced during the drought two years ago. That is something a fisherman would not notice. There are more trout in these streams than you think there are.

Droughts and floods are the limiting factors to trout populations in the Smokies, not fishermen. When we have floods just after a spawn, we can lose a whole year class of fish, in some areas. We notice, the next year and thereafter, the trout we catch are larger. There are less trout competing for the same amount of food.

David is a professional guide and a very nice guy. He is very observant. You can visit his website by CLICKING HERE.

If you are struggling to catch trout in the Smokies, hire him or another guide for a day. That can change your life.

If you go today, try dry flies or nymphs. The trout are hungry and searching for food. They will eat about anything that looks like food. That may be terrestrials, land insects that have fallen in the water. The insects could be beetles, ants, inchworms or bees. I like to use foam beetles during the Summer months. Inchworm patterns, especially the Green Weenie is a great choice. Fish them as a dropper behind your dry fly, or fish them alone and weighted with split shot.

Anything yellow works. Yellow Sally Stoneflies are on the water now, especially late in the day. Choose a Yellow Neversink Caddis, a small Yellow Stimulator, Rob’s Hellbender or any Yellow Sally Stonefly pattern.

This may be one of the best Summers we have had in a while, to fish in the Smoky Mountains, because the stream flows are so good. If the rain continues, like it has, fishing will be awesome.

One great option for you to consider are our local trout and smallmouth bass tailwaters. They are fishing well, when flows are angler friendly. The smallmouth bass fishing is only going to get better. Three of my friends and I will be floating one of the rivers with Josh Pfeiffer and Gary Troutman next week. We don’t know which one and won’t until the day before we go. We will be fishing for smallmouth bass.

Lake fishing is fair to good. I’m considering going today or tomorrow. I won’t be out there Wednesday for sure. I’ve been doing best with streamers. You may do great with poppers on some lakes. We have about 9 impoundments in the area to fish from a boat. Each one is different.

The lowland rivers should be fishing well. They are full of water right now. You have to pick places to wade. Floating in a canoe, raft or kayak is something to consider.

Enjoy this wonderful July in East Tennessee.

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

Byron Begley
July 2, 2018  

Respond to: byron@littleriveroutfitters.com 


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