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The Fishing Report 01/09/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:16 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


32.2 Fahrenheit
1.87 Feet 154 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 6:16 am, the temperature outside is 34.0 degrees.

Today will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature in the mid-50’s. Tonight’s low will dip only to the low 40’s. It will remain very warm through Friday, with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 50’s. There will be rain through the period. The weekend will be much colder.

Little River is flowing at 154 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.87 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 296 cfs. The water temperature is 32.2 degrees this morning.

The streams in the Smoky Mountains will be warming all week. Anchor ice should break off and float down the streams, at least in the lower elevations. I don’t have a clue as to how warm the streams will become this week. They need to reach 44 degrees for the fishing to improve. I don’t think that is possible but I may be wrong. It is going to be very warm for a few days.

Looking ahead at the long term forecast through January 23rd, there will be some warm days, some normal days and some days with temperatures below normal. I don’t see anything unusual. It looks like a typical January through the period. I think we’ll get more rain than we have had lately.

February is the month to watch. February is usually warmer than January. Normal high temperature in February is 53 degrees with a normal low of 28 degrees. Under those conditions, we don’t expect great fishing.

But, in recent years, February temperatures have been much warmer than normal. We could see highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s. Also in recent years, Spring fishing sometimes begins in February. We see the water temperature hold near 45 to 50 degrees all day and night. When that happens, for an extended period of time, Quill Gordons and Blue Quills hatch. Trout start feeding again, sipping bugs off the surface. Of course, we are wondering, if this will be one of those years. It is way too early to tell.

I looked at some February 2017 fishing reports. On February 15, 2017, fishing was improving. The water temperature that morning was 45 degrees. On February 21st, the early morning water temperature was 47.3 degrees. Fishing was good. Trout were taking Quill Gordons and Blue Quills in the lower elevations. Spring fishing had begun.

You never know.

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

Byron Begley
January 9, 2018

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