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The Fishing Report 02/02/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 9:30 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Water Temperature Little River
Stream Flow
Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


39.92 Fahrenheit
2.06 Feet 209 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. Rain and wintery mix fell on the area last night but it hasn't had much negative impact. At 10 am this morning, US 441/Newfound Gap Road over the Smokies is closed due to ice and snow. Little River Road, Tremont Road, Laurel Creek Road and Cades Cove are all open.

Little River is a little warmer this morning at 39.92F. I wouldn't expect that to rise much today. The weather will be warmer on Saturday and that will help water temperatures climb some. The flow is 2.06 feet or 209 c.f.s. which is a good flow for fishing though it is lower than the daily normal of 330 c.f.s.

Fishing has been tough in the Smokies. It is all a function of water temperature. There has been a few anglers hitting the streams this week. They have caught a few fish but they are having to work for it. Nymphs are the best choice right now. Prince nymphs, BH Pheasant Tails, Pat's Rubberlegs, Rob's Hellbenders and Tellicos are all good choices. You may also want to try some crazier patterns like Squirmy Worms or Lightning Bugs. Get them down deep also.

There may be some fishable time on the tailwaters this weekend. Check the schedules which are always subject to change.

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.

Dave and I have started planning Fly Tyers Weekend 2018. It will be November 3 and 4. We learned a lot last year. Byron gave us all kinds of insights and support but there is nothing better than hands on experience to really figure it out. If you have any suggestions of things you would like see, tyers we should have, or even just things you liked or disliked about last years event send me an email

Come by tomorrow and watch some great fly tying! Josh is a great source of information about smallmouth fishing. It might just become your newest obsession.

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

Daniel Drake
February 2, 2018

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Lake Information and Tailwater Generation Schedules


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