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The Fishing Report 03/10/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:35 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second

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43.2 Fahrenheit
2.17 Feet 275 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 5:35 am, the temperature outside is 47.8 degrees.

Expect rain today, tonight and tomorrow. The rainfall may be light but we could get up to an inch during the period. High daytime temperatures will be in the low to mid 50’s. Tonight’s low will drop to only the mid-40’s. Rain and snow are likely in the higher elevations, including Elkmont. The snow should turn to rain later each day.

Snow is expected Sunday night and Monday in the Park’s higher elevations.

Little River is flowing at 275 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.17 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 387 cfs. The water temperature is 43.2 degrees this morning, which is about 3 degrees warmer than it was yesterday morning at this time.

If you go fishing today in the Smokies, take a rain jacket. Fish in the lower elevations where the water is warmer.

I would not expect the water temperatures to rise much without the rain. They may. The warmer rain could raise the temps.

Fishing could be fair today and I’m going out on a limb saying that. If the water temperature rises a few degrees, to the upper 40’s, fishing may be fair. Or, fishing may be slow. You could see hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills or Blue Wing Olives. If you do, try dry flies to match what you see. If the trout are not rising, try a Quill Gordon wet fly. You may want to drop a nymph off the wet fly. Try a Bead Head Pheasant Tail.

Warm air will move into the Smokies next Thursday and remain through the weekend. High temperatures in the mid to high 60’s are predicted, Friday through Sunday. Water temperatures will warm, fishing will get better, and may be good.

It appears these warm days and nights will continue through late March.

Demolition of more old cabins will begin next week at Elkmont. You can read the story on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. From what I read, I don’t think the Little River Trail will be closed while the work is going on.

Yellowstone National Park has placed a ban on felt sole waders and boots, “because they carry microscopic organisms”. The ban goes into effect this year. Rubber soled wading boots will be allowed. You can read more on the Yellowstone National Park website by CLICKING HERE.

If you do an internet search on “felt ban Yellowstone national park”, there are other articles available for you to read.

Additionally, boats and trailers will be inspected by Park personnel, for you to obtain a permit to use them in Yellowstone National Park. Cleaning protocols, and a 5-day drying period must be done before obtaining a permit.

Daylight Saving Time returns tomorrow. That means, more fishing after work!

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

Byron Begley
March 10, 2018

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