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The Fishing Report 03/07/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:26 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second

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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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46.9 Fahrenheit
2.48 Feet 411 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 5:26 am, the temperature outside is 36.0 degrees.

It is snowing at our house.

Today’s high temperature will be 43 degrees and I think that was reached earlier. Snow should continue to fall for an hour or so. No accumulation is expected in the valleys. Snow may accumulate in the mountains above 2,500 feet. Tonight’s low will drop into the upper 20’s.

Cold air will remain until Friday. The weekend will be warmer but wet. We may get over an inch of rain Saturday with less expected Sunday.

Little River is flowing at 411 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.48 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 379 cfs. The water temperature is 46.9 degrees this morning.

The streams in the Park should continue to recede this week, until the weekend. Water temperatures will fall too.

The fishing forecast looks discouraging right now. Water levels are on the high side of good, not far above normal. For now, the water temperatures are the problem. They could fall to the low 40’s by Friday. The water temps may rise some Friday.

I think fishing will be slow at least through tomorrow, and may continue to be slow through the weekend. Low temperatures in the high elevations of the Park will be bitter cold. The low at Mount LeConte is predicted to be 8 degrees tonight and 13 degrees tomorrow night.

Though warm air will move into the region Friday, it will still be cold in the mountains until Saturday. Then, the rain arrives Saturday night.

We won’t see the next shot of Spring-like weather until Friday March 16th, unless the weather pattern changes.

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) is blowing water through all the dams, in in some cases spilling through the flood gates. They are trying to lower the lakes, to create storage capacity. Check out the TVA Facebook page by CLICKING HERE. See what I mean?

You should put fly fishing for trout on hold for now, in the tailwaters.

I’m planning to work through the weekend. I’ll be at the shop tomorrow, photographing items to place on our online store. Right now, I’m adding fly fishing accessories, the little stuff. So far, that department contains 142 items. That number will grow over the next few days. Check out those pages by CLICKING HERE to reach our accessories department.

Photographing these items is the time consuming part. The actual photography is not that bad. It goes pretty quick. Cutting the item from the background in Adobe Photoshop is tedious and takes a lot of time. After I finish this department, next will be fly boxes. Clear plastic fly boxes are extremely difficult to photograph, even in our studio. I’m not looking forward to that.

I enjoy photographing flies. There are more of those to photograph too. Currently, that department has 320 items. I photographed every one. Check out that department by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
March 7, 2017

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