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The Fishing Report 03/28/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 10:00 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge Indicating Fishing is Between Slow and Good

Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


52.16 Fahrenheit
2.54 Feet 442 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. It is a cloudy morning here at the edge of the Smokies but at least it is warmer. The sun is starting to break through. Today looks like it will shape up into a great early Spring day.

Fishing conditions in the Smokies are better. The water temperature has been climbing over the last several days and this morning it is up to a nice 52 F. Temperatures will rise today giving good dry fly action this afternoon.

Water levels are still on the high side of normal but they are fishable. The Little River gauge is giving a reading of 2.54 feet or 442 c.f.s. This is a little higher than the daily normal of 313 c.f.s.

When I was gathering the stream data this morning I noticed the record high for this date and saw that it was 9,000 c.f.s. back in 1994. I had to go back to the peak streamflow chart but on March 27th, 1994 the streamflow was estimated at 27,100 c.f.s. which 15.75 feet. That is marked as estimated because the gauge blew out.

I've seen the river over 12 feet on the gauge. That day the river closed US 321 down by Hatchers Cut (the straight away where the picnic tables are in the corners near Walland). To get home I had to go through Pigeon Forge. I crossed the Little River on Sevierville Road just minutes before the river overflowed and closed that road also. That was a lot of water. The Little River Road in GSMNP was closed for several days as things got fixed. Upper Tremont Road was washed out all the way to the base.

That much water changes the river. Sections that were pools became runs and runs got dug into pools. Nature resets itself every once in awhile and shakes things up.

Thankfully we don't have anywhere close to that much water flowing today. The river levels are good. If you head to the stream today you really have your pick. Little River will be good right along the roadside. I prefer upstream of the Sinks but this time of year the lower section fishes well. Middle Prong of Little River is always a solid destination. If you are feeling like stretching your legs then drive up to the end of the Tremont Road and hike into Lynn Camp Prong. Brook trout fishing should be doing well up there.

I would start with nymphs this morning then change over to dries in the afternoon. Using a nymph dropper can be a good way to go also. Nymphs to try would be, Pheasant Tails, Prince Nymphs, Pats Rubberlegs, Tellico Nymphs. Bead Head versions would be my choice.

I say I would start with a nymph....I probably would tie a dry fly on first. I'm not a huge fan of nymph fishing so to me if there is hope of catching them on a dry that is the way I'm going to go. Parachute Adams have been working well. Try a #12 or #14. Anglers are still doing well with Quill Gordons and Blue Quills also. Gordons are going to be #14 and the Blue Quills will be #18 or #20. Elk Hair Caddis in Black, Tan, or Olive in size #14 or #16 would also be a good choice. I like Elk Hairs. They float high and are easy to see.

Spring is coming quickly. We are seeing lots of people from out of state who are here on Spring Break. New items are showing up at the Shop everyday. Some new Reels Reels arrived last week. The new Gunnison and Evolution LTX. They haven't made it onto the online catalog yet but very soon. We also got a restock of Nate Karnes stickers. These are fun stickers shaped like pigs with brook trout, brown, rainbow and smallmouth patterns.

I will wrap this up before it gets too late to post the report. Byron will be back writing tomorrow morning.

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

Daniel Drake
March 28, 2018

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