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The Fishing Report 02/06/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:01 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge Indicating Fishing is Slow

Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


39.0 Fahrenheit
2.46 Feet 363 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 6:01 am, the temperature outside 31.5 degrees.

Today’s high temperature will be around 50 degrees, dipping to the mid-40’s tonight. The big news is rain. Rain may start falling this afternoon, and continue through the night. Heavy rain is predicted tomorrow. We may get 1” to 2”. The rain could change to snow showers tomorrow night.

Warm air will move into our area Friday and remain through the weekend. High temperatures will range in the 50’s to low 60’s. Lows will be in the 40’s. Expect more rain Saturday and Sunday.

Little River is flowing at 363 cubic feet per second or 2.46 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 354 cfs. The water temperature is 39.0 degrees this morning.

I think fishing will be slow today. The water temperatures should rise some, but probably not enough to affect the trout’s feeding behavior.

The streams will warm further tomorrow. The problem is the rain. If we get an inch or two, as predicted, the streams will be flowing high. They are already high, but fishable. We will have to see how this plays out.

The weekend will be warm. Of course, we will be keeping an eye on the water temperatures, hoping for 45 degrees or warmer. We will also be watching the water levels. We may end up with warm streams that are blown out this weekend.

There is too much going on with the weather, for you to make a decision, to travel here to fish the Smokies this weekend. It is early in the week and conditions may change. We will know more Thursday. I hate to see anyone disappointed due to the weather, though I’ve been disappointed myself, for that reason, many times.

If fishing conditions are not good Saturday, all is not lost. We have a great event planned for you. We will be holding our usual Free Fly Tying Demonstrations between 10 am and 2 pm. All you have to do is show up at the shop.

Tying Saturday will be Tradd Little from Greenville, South Carolina. I saw Tradd tying at the Atlanta Fly Fishing Show last weekend. He is incredible, and he has only been tying for 4 or 5 years. Tradd travels to many fly tying shows to demonstrate, as far away as New Jersey and Mountain Home Arkansas. You should visit Tradd’s website by CLICKING HERE, and see for yourself, what this young man can do.

Also tying is Mike Wallace. You may have seen him tying at Fly Tyers Weekend in November. Mike has been tying for 30+ years. He fishes the mountains in East Tennessee and Virginia and the South Holston and Watauga Rivers. He likes to tie old patterns, including wet flies.

Saturday will be a fun day at the shop. You can read more about these guys by CLICKING HERE.

You do not have to tie flies to enjoy and learn from this event.

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

Byron Begley
February 6, 2018  

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