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The Fishing Report 01/12/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:43 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


46.8 Fahrenheit
2.84 Feet 567 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 5:43 am, the temperature outside is 65.0 degrees.

Today will be warm and wet. The high temperature is predicted to be around 60 degrees, but, it is warmer than that right now. There is a 100% chance for rain today. It may be windy.

Tonight’s temperature will fall to the 20’s. The rain will continue, change to sleet, and likely change to snow after 10 pm. Snow accumulation in the valley is predicted to be less than ½ inch to 1”, depending on which weather website you read.

Tomorrow will be cold, with a high in the upper 20’s. There is a slight chance for snow tomorrow. That could change, one way or the other.

Little River is flowing at 567 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.84 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 311 cfs. The water temperature is 46.8 degrees this morning.

We got the warm water we were hoping for and the temperature continues to climb. Trout should be active. The problem is, we have high water in the mountains. Rain fell in the Smokies last night. It must have been heavy. All streams in the Park that have USGS gauges, are indicating much higher water. One exception is the Tellico River watershed in the Cherokee National Forest. Little River has peaked.

I can’t find any weather sites, outside the Park, that are reporting any evidence that heavy rain fell. We did not get hardly any rain in Townsend over the past 24 hours.

Flows are fairly high. If you go, be careful wading. You may do well using nymphs. I would stay close to the bank or in areas where flows are not strong, and high stick. You may find stained water in some streams. The water may rise again later today.

More rain is coming. It is moving here from the south. Wind gusts may exceed 25 miles per hour in the valleys. Wind gusts to 40 miles per hour are predicted in the high elevations. You don’t want to be in the forest fishing with high wind. Limbs and trees will be falling. There are often times when high wind is predicted, and it does not occur. I guess we’ll have to wait and see on that one.

Our brief, Spring-like week, is turning out to be worse than I would have thought yesterday. I was hoping for a warm, but wet fishing day today. Now I’m thinking, I would not go. I don’t have to make that call myself because I am working today.

Tomorrow morning, we will be holding a beginner fly tying class. Melissa and Dave Harrell will be conducting a Free Fly Tying demonstration beginning at 10 am. All you have to do is show up.

What will the roads be like? I don’t know. They could be slick. If the class and the demonstration are cancelled, I’ll let you know early tomorrow morning, when I find out. Read it here. Daniel will make that call. I will talk to him at about 9 am or before.

That is all I’ve got right now. I am already over Winter and waiting for Spring.

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

Byron Begley
January 12, 2017

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