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The Fishing Report 11/03/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:50 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is good.

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


54.7 Fahrenheit
2.00 Feet 187 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 5:50 am, the temperature is 54.0 degrees.

Today will be cloudy, with a chance for showers, and a high temperature of 71 degrees. Rain is likely tonight with a low temperature in the mid to upper 50’s. Tomorrow will be warm, in the 70’s with a chance for rain and possibly thunderstorms. Sunday will be partly sunny and very warm, in the mid to upper 70’s.

Little River is flowing at 187 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.00 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 117 cfs. The water temperature is 54.7 degrees.

Fishing conditions are very good. Fishing is good, at least in the low to mid elevations. All three species of trout are active. You may see brown trout and brook trout spawning. The cloud cover is an advantage for fishermen. I can’t remember a better fishing weekend in November.

Dry flies or nymphs? I don’t know what to try first. I tend to think the trout will not be looking up unless there is a hatch or many aquatic insects on the surface. Watch for blue wing olives. They love cloudy days. Otherwise, I think I would start with nymphs.

Fly Tyers Weekend begins tomorrow morning at 9 am. This is a Free Event. Just show up at the shop. A large tent was erected yesterday. As far as I know, everything is ready to go.

Over 40 fly tyers will be demonstrating in shifts all weekend. Everyone loves Fly Tyers Weekend. Some of the demonstrators come from other states. I am looking forward to it. You can learn more by CLICKING HERE.

You do not have to tie flies to learn from and enjoy Fly Tyers Weekend. These people are fly fishermen. They will be talking about fishing too, and teaching you why their flies work well.

Our new online store launched and orders started coming in. Daniel and I both have a lot of work to do, all Winter, to add more products. The new site looks good and works well. All the new Fishpond products are in the new store. You can view the store by CLICKING HERE. The top banner is stretched. I will design a new one that will look much better. I hope to do that today.

I spent yesterday updating our website, linking to the new online store. I’m having some alignment issues caused by the fact that the site was designed in older software. I hope to get that issue resolved and finish today.

The Fall colors are spectacular in our valley. I suspect they are way past peak in the higher elevations. The temperatures are comfortable and the scenery is wonderful. If I didn’t have to work today, I would probably be fishing.

Our neighbor, Paula and I drove to the cave I mentioned yesterday in John’s ATV. One of us had to go down into the cave to drain some water lines. Water is pumped from that cave to our gardens. Paula and I thought we were going to a different cave, with a tight entrance and an 8 foot drop to the cave floor. We were thinking about the wrong cave.

This one, Butter Cave, is large. I don’t think I have seen this one before. The opening is probably 10’ x 10’ with about a 12 foot drop to the floor. It was no big deal. We didn’t need flashlights. Paula climbed down the ladder and drained the lines.

We have many caves around here and USGS is surveying them. We have a copy of the Butter Cave survey. That cave is about 200 feet long and ends at a deep underwater pond. Another cave that runs under our property has been surveyed but the drawings are not available. They will be soon.

The surveyors told John, they could hear us driving over the cave on our gravel road when they were down there working. I would hate to have their job. They love doing it.

Go fishing this weekend in the Smokies and visit Fly Tyers Weekend at the shop. This will be fun.

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

Byron Begley
November 3, 2017  

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