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The Fishing Report 11/01/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:14 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is between slow and good.

Water Temperature Little River
Stream Flow
Rainfall 2017 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


47.7 Fahrenheit
2.16 Feet 239 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 6:14 am, the temperature is 41.1 degrees.

Today will be cloudy with a high temperature in the mid-60’s. Tonight will be warm, in the 50’s. We have a 30% chance for rain tonight. Tomorrow, through the weekend will be much warmer, with highs in the 70’s and lows in the mid to upper 50’s. We have a 40% chance for rain Friday and possibly thunderstorms Saturday.

Little River if flowing at 239 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.16 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 89 cfs. The water temperature is 47.7 degrees this morning.

As the water warms over the next few days, fishing will improve. You may do fine now but fishing will be better tomorrow through the weekend. Of courses that depends on how much rain we get.

I think nymphs will work best, especially early. You may catch trout on dry flies later in the day. Watch for a blue wing olive hatch. There may be other aquatic insects on the water, including midges or small black stoneflies. You may see caddis. If you see trout feeding on top, figure out what they are eating and try to match those insects.

You can “high stick” a pair of weighted nymphs and get the flies deep in the water column. That will probably work best. Or, you could use strike indicators but that limits your control over the depth the flies will drift.

Fishing may get really good after today and through the weekend.

Fly Tyers Weekend will be held Saturday and Sunday. This event is free. Just show up. It starts at 9 am both days.

The second “Grains and Grits Festival” will be held Saturday evening at the Townsend Visitors Center. Distillers and wine makers will be serving samples. Restaurants will be providing food for attendees. This is the kickoff of the new Tennessee Whiskey Trail. You can read more on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE.

Today is “launch day” for our new online store. There are three of us involved in a sequential list of duties for a successful launch. I have some things to do before the store opens. Daniel and Thom Ashton, who lives in South Carolina will go next. They probably won’t begin until 9 am or after that. I will be waiting for them to do their part. Then, I will establish links and change URL’s on our websites. Depending on when I can start, that may be finished today or tomorrow.

We’ll see how it goes!

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

Byron Begley
November 1, 2017

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