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The Fishing Report 11/21/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:41 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is between slow and good.

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


42.1 Fahrenheit
1.87 Feet 151 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 5:41 am, the temperature outside is 29.2 degrees.

Today will be cloudy at times with a high temperature in the mid-50’s. Tonight’s low will be warmer, in the low 40’s. Highs will be in the 50’s through the end of the week with lows in the 30’s and maybe hitting 40 degrees Friday night. There is only a slight chance for rain this week, 10% today and tomorrow.

Little River is flowing at 151 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.87 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 176 cfs. The water temperature is 42.1 degrees this morning.

Based on what we saw yesterday, the water temperature will not rise much today. It will be slightly warmer tomorrow. Fishing will not be great, unless you happen to catch big a brown trout. They are hungry and feeding. They are also hard to catch. You may see them. This is a sight fishing game. You have to be sneaky and patient. Luck helps too. Anglers who target these trout are doing it now.

If you are just casually fly fishing for trout and not being too serious about it, fishing will be fair to slow. I saw snow on one of the high elevation mountains yesterday. These streams are born in the high elevations. The water flowing down from those peaks is cold. Cold water slows the fishing.

I would use nymphs. Get them down, tickling the stream bottom. We have a category on our new online store containing our recommended Winter Smokies fly selection. CLICK HERE to see them. The water is very clear, so I would avoid nymphs with bright gold beads. Use nymphs that look natural. I am looking at them now. I think I would use a Pheasant Tail, Rob’s Hellbender, Prince Nymph or possibly a Muddler Minnow streamer. The rubber legged stones look like a good choice, for the brown trout or any larger trout.

If you see a blue wing olive hatch, and trout feeding on the adults, switch to dry flies.

This is going to be a nice week to be outside if you are dressed for it. I will be off most of the week, working outside, removing limbs and fallen trees from the forest around our house.

Townsend is busy with holiday visitors this week. I saw plenty of customers at the shop yesterday.

Remember last November? We were in the midst of a drought and we had the fires in the Park, here in our county, Gatlinburg and other areas in Sevier County. Last November was awful and sad, in many ways. People lost their lives. Families lost loved ones. Many lost their homes and possessions.

Gatlinburg is open for business. Gatlinburg residents and business operaters are recovering from that terrible fire. I wish our neighbors there a good Thanksgiving.

I hope you do too.

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

Byron Begley
November 21, 2017

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