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The Fishing Report 02/03/18 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
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


34.5 Fahrenheit
1.89 Feet 159 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. It is a cold morning here at the edge of the mountains. The weather is warming though. We are up to 30F with the high going to be nearly 50F.

Fishing in the Smokies will be slow this morning. Water temperatures have dropped over the last several days. This morning it is a chilly 35F. It should warm some as the day goes on. Water levels on Little River are 1.89 feet or 159 c.f.s. This is lower than the daily normal of 358 c.f.s. We can definitely use the rain that is coming tomorrow and next week. If the rain is warm it will raise water temperatures.

Josh Pfeiffer and Jayson Alexander are here today doing FREE Fly Tying Demos. Just stop by and learn about smallmouth bass flies from Josh and some Smoky Mountain patterns from Jayson. The will be here until 2pm.

If you decide to try fishing today, this afternoon will be a better time to hit the water. Give the stream some time to warm a little. Nymph patterns are going to be the thing to start with. Add enough weight to get them down to where the sluggish fish are.

Lower elevation streams will be the place to go. Look for sections where the sun has been able to shine on the water. This can warm those stretches just enough.

Yesterday, Byron and Walter Babb were inducted into the Southern Trout Magazine "Legends of the Fly" Hall of Fame. The ceremony was down in Atlanta at the Fly Fishing Show. We are very pleased with both of them. They both have been very important to the sport of fly fishing, especially here in the southeast.

I'm going to keep this short so I can get downstairs and watch Josh and Jayson. We have these tying demos going every Saturday until the beginning of March. Try to come by! You can see the whole schedule by CLICKING HERE.

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

Daniel Drake
February 3, 2018

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