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The Fishing Report 11/11/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:33 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


48.0 Fahrenheit
2.27 Feet 279 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 5:33 am, the temperature is 32.2 degrees.

Today will be sunny and nice, with a high temperature in the mid-50’s to near 60. It will be warmer at night, through Sunday, in the 40’s. Tomorrow will be warm too, but there is a slight chance for drizzle. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy.

Little River is flowing at 279 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.27 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 145 cfs. The water temperature is 48 degrees this morning.

I think fishing may be fair today, in the Smoky Mountains. Stream flows are good, a little on the high side, and much higher than normal for this time of the year. If the water temperatures were 10 degrees warmer, fishing would be excellent. But, you should catch trout today.

The water may warm a few degrees, so if given the choice, you should fish later in the day. I would also start in the lower elevations. The forecast for Elkmont calls for a high of 52 degrees, 48 degrees at Newfound Gap and 38 at Mount LeConte. So, it is going to be much cooler in the high elevations, which is usually the case.

Nymphs, weighted, would be my pick to start. You may see some aquatic insects on the surface. If you do, switch to dry flies if you want to. There may be blue wing olives, black stoneflies and possibly other adult insects on the water at times.

I think I would fish the Middle Prong of Little River, or the East Prong around Metcalf Bottoms and upstream from there. You might try Lynn Camp Prong. Upper Abrams Creek would be a good choice.

Leaves fell like rain yesterday around our house. I worked outside with chain saws, in short sleeves. Yesterday was a beautiful day. Today should be the same. I have to work on our website today, or I would be outside doing the same thing I did yesterday.

Today is Veterans Day. Today we honor those who served and currently serve in our military on behalf of Americans. Today we thank those men and women, and their families.

I talked to one of my Army buddies yesterday. We reminisced about our time served. We have been friends since the 1950’s but somehow ended up in the same Battalion. We laughed a lot during the conversation. He was a basic training Drill Sergeant.  

There are a few of us, working at Little River Outfitters who served: Glenn - U.S. Navy, Paul - U.S. Air Force, Chuck, Walter and me - U.S. Army. I’m not sure about John right now, but I think he served in the U.S. Army.

We all came of age during the Viet Nam War era. Two of my Army buddies stayed in and retired as 2-Star Generals (Major General). I talked to Bill, one of them, a few months ago. He is in charge of the planning for our annual reunion. I plan to go to the next one in September.

Today we thank veterans for their service and sacrifice. I thank all of you who served and sacrificed to keep our Country free and safe.

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

Byron Begley
November 11, 2017

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