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The Fishing Report 01/07/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:59 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is slow.

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


32 Fahrenheit
1.89 Feet 292 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 5:59 am, the temperature outside is 4.0 degrees.

Today will be warm compared to the past few days, with a high in the upper 30’s and a low tonight in the upper 20’s. As the week progresses, it will be even warmer, with highs in the 40’s to 60’s and lows in the upper 30’s to the mid-40’s. This is going to feel like Spring.

Little River is flowing at 159 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.89 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 292 cfs. The water temperature is 32 degrees or below.

Fishing will be very slow today. Anchor ice is present in the Smokies streams, making fishing almost impossible. Even if you could fish, the trout will be sluggish and not feeding. Falling in would be catastrophic. I would not go today if I were you.

It will be interesting to see what happens later this week, as the water warms. I can’t image the water warming to the point where fishing is good, but I guess it is possible. Rain is expected at times next week during this warm period.

Looking ahead through January 21, we will see some very warm days, and some fairly cold days. For the most part, it appears temperatures will be above normal for this time of year. Relief from this cold snap is within sight and January may turn out to be a fair to good fishing month. I may be wrong. This could be wishful thinking.

February should be warmer. It usually is. We’ll see how that plays out.

I am suffering from a terrible cold and writers block. I can’t think of anything to write this morning. So, I’m signing off for now.

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

Byron Begley
January 7, 2017

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