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The Fishing Report 02/16/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 9:00 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


54.86 Fahrenheit
2.79 Feet 537 CFS
7.13 "
6.59 "

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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. Clouds are thick this morning and it is warm and windy. Rain is in the forecast for later today.

Water levels continued to drop yesterday. The Little River is down to a workable level of 2.79 feet or 537 c.f.s. The daily normal is 314 c.f.s. The river is still high but much more workable if you are careful. Water temperatures are up to a nice 54F.

A few anglers ventured out yesterday. Mark sent me a picture of a great brown that he caught. I think it was somewhere up on the Little River. Yesterday was one of those fishing days that could have been very tough or exceptionally good. The only way to find out is to go. For Mark it was very good.

High water days aren't days to be measured in numbers of fish. You aren't likely to catch a bunch because you need to be more selective of the spots you fish. Staying out of the water is key to safety and that greatly limits the fishable pools. Be flexible and be willing to try other areas.

The tailwaters are all unfishable right now. The Clinch is sluicing 13,500 c.f.s.The South Holston is sluicing 2,000 c.f.s. The Holston River is generating 2 or more.

If you head to the Smokies today. Nymphs are going to be a good choice to start with. It is still early to see dries. Streamers might also be a fun way to go. Little River between Metcalf Bottoms and Elkmont can be good. Look for the pools where the water settles out. Middle Prong ( Tremont ) will be another good choice. I always like West Prong of Little River. It has a smaller watershed and the water runs down fairly quick.

With all the wind we are having today, falling trees will be a definite concern.

FREE Fly Tying Demo tomorrow starting at 10 am. Buzz, Steve and Will are going to be tying until 2 pm. Even though we won't be able to fish the Clinch for awhile, we'll be able to know what to use there when the water finally gets back to fishable.

There is still space to get in on the Beginner Fly Tying Class tomorrow. The price is just $85.00. It is an all day class. If you've been thinking about tying flies this is a great way to start. Give us a call to reserve your spot 865-448-9459.

Keep an eye on the weather if you head to the river today. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
February 16, 2018

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