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The Fishing Report 02/01/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:44 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


37.2 Fahrenheit
1.85 Feet 149 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 5:44 am, the temperature outside is a very warm 52.8 degrees. What we have today will be the high temperature.

We have some interesting weather on the way. We should get a small amount of rain today, with heavier rain tonight. The rain will change to snow this evening as temperatures plunge to the mid-20’s. Only light snow accumulations are expected in the valleys. That may not be the case in the mountains. Tomorrow will be cold, with a high in the 30’s. It will be warmer Saturday and Sunday. More rain arrives Sunday. We may get ½”.

Little River is flowing at 149 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.85 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 305 cfs. The water temperature is 37.2 degrees this morning.

Fishing will be slow through the weekend in the Smoky Mountains. I don’t expect the streams to warm enough to crank up trout activity.

You may find some roads in Great Smoky Mountains National Park closed tonight and tomorrow due to snow and ice. You can read the Park’s Road Twitter page by CLICKING HERE. On that page the Park updates road closures and openings as they occur.

We will be holding a Free Fly Tying Demonstration Saturday between 10 am and 2 pm. All you have to do is show up. You will enjoy meeting, talking to, and watching Josh Pfeiffer and Jayson Alexander tie flies. These guys will be talking about trout and smallmouth bass fly fishing. You can read more about them by CLICKING HERE.

Consumer fly fishing shows are enjoying great attendance. A consumer show is open to the public, not to be confused with dealer shows. I heard great reports from those who attended the Denver Fly Fishing Show. They say it was the best ever.

The Atlanta Fly Fishing Show will be held this weekend, tomorrow and Saturday. The weather looks good, so I expect a well attended show.

I read a story about the Virginia Fly Fishing & Wine Festival held January 13th and 14th. This show, in it’s 18th year, had record attendance. CLICK HERE to read the article. Two of my friends were quoted, Beau Beasley who is the Director of the show, and Rick Pope, who founded Temple Fork.

Fly fishing anglers are excited about the coming fishing year and patiently waiting for Spring.

New fly fishing gear is arriving at the shop for the Spring season. Daniel told me we have a huge Simms order arriving before the weekend. I saw many Orvis boxes in the shop this week being unpacked and displayed in the shop. I saw the new Orvis waders. They look awesome.

I have noticed a surge in mail order sales over the past few days.

No doubt, this is going to be a busy year in the fly fishing industry.

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

Byron Begley
February 1, 2018

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