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The Fishing Report 11/08/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:34 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is slow.

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


57.2 Fahrenheit
3.13 Feet 761 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 5:34 am, the temperature is 49.8 degrees.

We have a chance for showers today and tonight. The rain probably won’t be heavy. It will be cooler through the end of the week, with highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s to 40’s. It may rain again Sunday.

Heavy rain fell yesterday and the night before, much more than was expected. The Knoxville Airport reported 2.25” accumulated there, a record for the date. We got 2.78 inches in Townsend.

Rainfall at the Airport is slightly over 8 inches above normal, for the year.

Little River was rolling yesterday. At the peak, flow was over 2,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 4.8 feet on the flow gauge. That was a record for the date, based on 54 years of data. Most Park roads remained open, except Cades Cove Loop Road, which was closed due to high water. According to the Park’s Road Twitter page, that road has not re-opened.

This morning, Little River is flowing at 761 cfs or 3.13 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 132 cfs. The water temperature is 57.2 degrees this morning.

If you go fishing in the Smokies today, be careful. The streams are flowing high and the current is strong. Though not much rain is predicted today, the same was the case yesterday, which was wrong. So, we don’t know for sure what to expect. I think the streams will continue to recede today and all week. Water levels should be good by the weekend or before.

You can probably find some streams that are fishable. You don’t have to wade in the strong current. Stay near the bank. I would use a nymph, or a pair of nymphs, heavily weighted. Use a “high sticking” technique, to get the nymphs down.

I noticed, at Fly Tyers Weekend, and what I’ve seen online, more anglers are tying trout nymphs on tiny jig hooks. They use them as an “anchor” nymph on a rig. The hook rides up, so you won’t snag the bottom as often. More fly fishermen are using tippet rings too. Attach your anchor nymph to tippet material tied to the tippet ring. Then, tie another nymph, using short tippet to the ring, for a great dropper rig.  

The water temperatures are great right now in the lower elevations. That will change by the weekend. The water will be colder. Nighttime temperatures in the 30’s will affect the water temperatures negatively.

Right now, next week looks better. It will be warmer, especially at night, if the long term forecast holds true.

I’m supposed to be off from work this week and maybe next week. I am already thinking about going back to work, instead. Daniel and I will spend the winter adding new products to the new online store. I have a list of about 40 flies to photograph now and there are more, maybe 100.  And, we have many new products that are coming early next year.

It never ends. Daniel says it is like removing manure from his horse barn. I grew up on a horse farm in Kentucky. I know what he is talking about.

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

Byron Begley
November 8, 2017

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