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The Fishing Report 01/05/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:02 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is slow.

Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


32 Fahrenheit
1.95 Feet 176 CFS

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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 6:02 am, the temperature outside is 7.3 degrees.

Today’s high temperature should be in the mid-20’s with a low tonight of about 9 degrees. Tomorrow will be sunny and cold with highs in the upper 20’s and a low in the low teens.

Sunday, through January 19th is predicted to be much warmer and wetter. Expect highs in the 40’s to 60 degrees through the period. Rain is in the forecast several days during that time.

Little River is flowing at 176 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.95 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 319 cfs. The water temperature is 32 degrees or below.

I saw ice yesterday in Little River through town. The slow pools were covered in areas. The river may look different today, with more ice on the surface.

There is no way I would go fishing in the mountains today. The trout will be inactive. If you fell in, the consequences are unimaginable. Don’t go.

Highway 441, Newfound Gap Road is closed from Cherokee to Gatlinburg due to snow and ice. There is not much snow in the mountains. Mount LeConte reported about 2” on the ground yesterday. We saw snow flurries yesterday, but no accumulation has been reported. You can check for road closings or openings on the GSMNP Road Twitter page by CLICKING HERE.

You should plan on being at the shop tomorrow. Jack Gregory will be tying flies. This is a Free demonstration, beginning at 10 am and lasting until 2 pm. All you have to do is show up.

Whether you tie flies or not, spending time with Jack will be informative. I know. I have spent a lot of time with Jack. He is one of my best friends. We have fished together often, from Yellowstone to Florida and of course, here. I always learn from Jack. He always catches more fish than I do. I can’t think of a time he didn’t. From my experience, Jack is the best fly fisherman I know.

Jack spent his childhood, through now, fly fishing in the Smoky Mountains. His family and his wife’s family lived in Cades Cove. One of his great, great, great grandfathers was murdered during the civil war, in the Cove. Gregory Bald and Gregory Cave are named after his family, who owned the land. You can read more about Gregory Bald on Wikipedia by CLICKING HERE. This is very interesting and unusual.

Jack found and read everything he could about fly fishing most of his life. He remembers what he read.

Jack’s favorite two fly fishing experiences are, catching big brown trout in the Smokies, and fishing for permit in Belize. If you enjoy either, and Jack is talking about the subject, you should be listening. He also loves fly fishing for smallmouth bass. I learned what I know from him.

One day, we were fishing on a lake, sight fishing for smallies. He kept count. We caught 84 that day. Some were as large as 4 pounds. Some would have weighed more, but they were spawned-out females. We went back a week later and caught over 60. They were all caught using top water foam flies, so we saw almost every fish take our fly. I have never experienced fishing that good in my life and probably never will again. Jack called that first day, “a once in a lifetime fishing day”.

So, come by the shop tomorrow and enjoy your day with Jack. If I get over this cold, I will be there too.

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

Byron Begley
January 5, 2018

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