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The Fishing Report 03/14/18 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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Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


41.7 Fahrenheit
2.21 Feet 291 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 33.1 degrees.

Light snow is predicted this morning in the valley. Heavier snow is possible in the Smoky Mountains. The high temperature today will reach the low 40’s, then dip to the upper 20’s tonight.

Tomorrow, through the weekend, will be much warmer. Expect high temperatures in the upper 50’s tomorrow and Friday, and in the low 60’s Saturday and Sunday. Low temperatures will range in the upper 30’s to low 40’s through the period. Rain is predicted Friday and Saturday. Sunday will be partly sunny.

Little River is flowing at 291 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.21 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 324 cfs. The water temperature is 41.7 degrees this morning.

I expect the streams to remain cold through tomorrow morning. Then, they will get warmer as the week progresses. I don’t know how warm the streams will be, but I believe they will warm enough to improve the fishing quite a bit. I would like to say, fishing will be good this weekend. I think it will, but I’m not sure. We will have a better idea by tomorrow afternoon or Friday morning.

The weather forecasters are not saying how much rain we should expect Friday through Saturday night. That usually means the rain will not be significant.

So, we will have to wait to see what happens.

TVA is generating and sluicing at both Norris and Cherokee dams. I don’t see any fishing opportunities at those tailwaters today. Hopefully, the will decrease the flow soon. They are pumping water through most of the dams in our area as well, including those on the Little Tennessee River. Of course, TVA is flushing huge amounts of water through the dams on the Tennessee River. They are sluicing at Watts Bar and Fort Loudoun dams, in addition to generating.

I designed an e-mail advertising piece this weekend, that was sent to thousands of subscribers yesterday. This will be done weekly, now that we are going to see fly fishing pick up in the South. A lot of people who received the e-mail, clicked on the “Flies” ad.

That ad is interesting, because there are 8 trout flies grouped in a small area. You would think I photographed the flies as you see them on the page. I didn’t. Each was photographed separately, then cut from the background and place on the page. You can see what I’m talking about by CLICKING HERE to see the web version of the e-mail.

From there you can click to our fly selection on the online store. There are over 300 flies in that department, and I’ve got a lot more to photograph and add to the store.

I have been photographing flies for over 20 years, using film at first, then switching to digital, when those cameras were invented. Flies are my favorite photography subject. I can’t wait to shoot more. Now, I use a really nice macro lens that can be stepped down to F32. The lens is place just a few inches from the fly. If I blow up a high resolution bead head fly, I can sometimes see the reflection of my camera and my head in the bead. You won’t notice it on our website.

Poppers, especially BoogleBug poppers, are difficult to photograph. They are so shiny, the lighting plays tricks on me.  

I like photographing fly fishing reels too. They are a challenge. Reels are typically shiny, with crazy reflections to deal with. Two of the 3 big flash units in our studio are on wheels. I can move them around to fire light at different angles. I take a lot of photographs of a reel and its components, then choose the best to use.

I never thought, I would end up photographing fly fishing gear as part of my job. I really never thought I would own a fly shop either, though I always wanted to.

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

Byron Begley
March 14, 2018  

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