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The Fishing Report 04/03/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:46 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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53.6 Fahrenheit
2.29 Feet 323 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 5:46 am, the temperature outside is 48.2 degrees.

Today will be partly cloudy and very warm, with a high temperature in the mid-70’s. It will be breezy this afternoon. Showers and thunderstorms are likely tonight through early Wednesday. It will be cooler tomorrow, with a high temperature in the mid 50’s. The low temperature tomorrow night may dip to below freezing.

Little River is flowing at 323 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.29 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 363 cfs. The water temperature is 53.6 degrees. That number peaked at near 56 degrees yesterday.

Stream flows and water temperatures are good for fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains. Trout are active.  Fishing will be fine today, if you don’t mind some wind at times. The forecast for Elkmont mentions wind gusts as high as 25 miles per hour.

Fishing conditions look fair tomorrow, though thunderstorms are likely during the morning hours. We may see some severe thunderstorms tonight. There is always the chance for stained or high water due to thunderstorms.

The weather looks better beginning Thursday, though there is a high chance for rain Saturday. It will be warmer Thursday through Friday, then turning colder Saturday. Sunday looks good right now.

I would go equipped with nymphs and dry flies. A Bead Head Pheasant Tail pattern, in sizes #12 through #16 are good nymph choices. I would also have some Parachute Adams dry flies, in sizes #12 through #18, to mimic the many mayflies you could see on the water. Small black caddis dry flies should also be in your box.

It appears TVA will be generating all day at Norris and Cherokee dams.

A new camping experience, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, will open this month. The location is the former Tremont Campground, at the edge of town, bordering the Park. I know the new owners. They have been upgrading the campground for several months. The new addition will be offering Tiny Homes and luxury tents, for nightly rental.

You can read the story and watch the video on the WBIR website by CLICKING HERE. The tiny homes are manufactured by our local Clayton Homes company. You can enjoy the comforts of home, in a beautiful setting. Little River runs right by the resort. This is a beautiful property.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for April 28th. Visit the Little Arrow Outdoor Resort website by CLICKING HERE.

Spring is here and we are seeing a lot of campers visiting Townsend. In addition to our long list of developed campgrounds, there are several in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Cades Cove and Elkmont are two favorites, near town. Those in the Park do not have power hookups or showers.

You can see a list of many of our developed campgrounds by CLICKING HERE.

Time to go camping folks!

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

Byron Begley
April 3, 2018

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