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The Fishing Report 02/25/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:42 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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58.3 Fahrenheit
2.18 Feet 279 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 5:42 am, the temperature outside is 60.3 degrees. The temperature has dropped over 10 degrees since midnight. Rain began falling at 5:15. It has been heavy at times. So far, .33 inches have fallen.

Rain is likely all day and tonight. A thunderstorm is possible. Locally heavy downpours are also possible. It may be windy at times.

 Little River is flowing at 279 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.18 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 328 cfs. The water temperature is 58.3 degrees this morning.

The river is rising.

I think we may see high water today. The rain has not stopped. Now, the rain total in Townsend is .45 inches. I would wait a while before going fishing in the Smoky Mountains, at least on the Tennessee side of the Park. The flow gauges on the North Carolina side are not indicating rising water yet. Most of the heavy rain has fallen on the Tennessee side, according to the weather radar.

Check the USGS Little River gauge from the link below. If the reading reaches 2.5 feet or above, quickly, we likely have stained water. If the flow rises much above that number, the streams in the watershed will be getting swift.

Fishing has been very good during the past couple of days. Water temperatures are perfect. Flows have been good. Anglers are seeing aquatic insects hatching sporadically, mostly Quill Gordons and Blue Quills.

Colder air is in the forecast this week. Temperatures will dip into the 30’s some nights. High temperatures during the day are predicted to be in the 50’s and 60’s, every day through March 11th.

Flowers are blooming. We have a large patch of periwinkle behind our house, displaying flowers. Some trees are showing leaf growth. Wild turkey gobblers are fanning and strutting. What a beautiful week we have had. Spring came early again, for now.

Jefferson, the 6-day old orphaned calf is doing very well. Our neighbors bottle fed him three times yesterday. They will feed him today. He is their calf. Paula and I will take over tomorrow for a couple of days.

I worked all day yesterday, but at one point, I took a break and drove to the barn. When I pulled up in the Gator, I could hear him bawling. He knows the sound of that Gator means he will see me and Paula. I got in the stall with him. He was excited. He probably thought I was going to feed him, or he was just lonely. Jefferson likes attention. He is acting like a puppy, though bigger. He loves for us to pet him. He plays. I’ll go down and see him this morning.

It is daybreak and the rain has slowed for now. I see more, heavier rain coming on the radar. I hope you can fish today. I kind of have my doubts, but you never know.

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

Byron Begley
February 25, 2018

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