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The Fishing Report 04/14/18 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:32 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Rainfall 2018 YTD Knoxville Apt
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56.3 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 5:32 am, the temperature outside is 57.6 degrees.

Today will be partly sunny with a high temperature in the high 70’s. It may be breezy. Tonight’s low temperature will dip only to the low 60’s. Expect rain and possibly thunderstorms late tonight through tomorrow morning.

Showers and thunderstorms are likely tomorrow. Wind gusts up to 25 mph are mentioned in the forecast. The temperature will fall through the afternoon. Rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch are possible.

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 276 cfs. The water temperature is 56.3 degrees this morning.

Today is set to be a good fishing day. The stream flows are right at normal for this date. The water temperature is almost perfect. It will be partly cloudy, or partly sunny, if there is a difference. Overcast skies are favorable to fly fishing in the Smokies, especially due to the fact that most of the trees still have not grown leaves to shade the water. That is changing quickly, in the lower elevations.

Dry flies or nymphs will work well. Nymphs might work better. Chuck was teaching a beginner private instruction at the shop yesterday. He told me he did best using nymphs two days earlier. The water was cooler then, so dries may work best now.

The trout will be active. Adult aquatic insects may be blown by the wind today. Sometimes they are blown off the water, making them moving targets for the trout. If that is the case, switch to nymphs or wet flies. Wet flies may be a very good option today. Try a Hare’s Ear wet fly.

Dry fly patterns should include Parachute Adams, Elk Hair Caddis, dark Neversink Caddis and dark Stimulators. If you see blue wing olives on the water, with trout rising to them, switch to a BWO pattern.

Standard nymphs, Bead Head Pheasant Tail, Quasimodo Pheasant Tail, Tellico, Prince and Hare’s Ear nymphs are what I would use. I especially like the Quasimodo, because the bead is copper and not too shiny.

I think this is going to be a good fishing day, but if the wind is strong, be careful and avoid being in the forest at those times.

It is hard to say what to expect tomorrow. If we get an inch of rain, or more, the streams will be stained and they will rise quickly. There is a chance we will not get much rain at all. You never know for sure until it happens, or doesn’t happen.

About a mile from our house, The U.S. Government Department of Defense is monitoring nuclear tests in North Korea and Iran using a seismograph. Why here, in Dry Valley? Dry Valley sits next to the oldest mountains in the world. Dry Valley is loaded with caves. Tuckaleechee Caverns has the monitoring equipment, installed by the government, to measure disturbances to the earth, and triangulate the location using data from other sites on the globe. Earthquakes are monitored as well.

The WBIR website has an interesting story you should read. Watch the video of Ben, showing a film crew the equipment, and explaining the use, by CLICKING HERE.

Tuckaleechee Caverns is a very popular tourist destination. When you are here, you should visit. Ben’s family opened the caverns to the public in 1953.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) is surveying the caves in Dry Valley. I see one of the guys who crawls back into the caves, underneath this property, parked near our barn occasionally. I told him it was fine to park there. While in one of the caves last year, he and his team heard us driving above them on our gravel road.

Maybe I should sell my 17-year old Suburban and buy a lighter truck! I don’t see that happening. I bought it new and it has very low mileage. I still like it. I have never owned a better vehicle. It has been very well maintained. The new ones cost a fortune. I’ll take my chances.

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

Byron Begley
April 14, 2018

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