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The Fishing Report 11/27/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:15 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


41.2 Fahrenheit
1.76 Feet 124 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 6:15 am, the temperature outside is 23.3 degrees.

As cold as it is the morning, relief is on the way. Today through Wednesday, we will enjoy high temperatures in the low 60’s and sunshine. Lows at night will dip only to the mid 30’s to the low 40’s.

Little River is flowing at 124 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.76 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 196 cfs. The water temperature is 41.2 degrees.

If you go fishing today, wait a while until the water warms. If you go early, you will probably be fishing for sluggish trout. They may become more active later. You will also find fairly low water. You will not have the benefit of cloud cover. Fishing will be fair at best. It may be slow.

Being as cold as the water is, it will be very clear. Cold water does not hold suspended solids well. You will need to be stealthy. Wear muted clothing, heck, even wear camo. A lot of anglers here do.

Nymphs will probably work best. Add some extra weight and get them down. Avoid shiny bead head nymphs. The water is too clear for those right now. Choose natural looking patterns.

Fishing will improve some through Wednesday. The water will be warmer. The trout will be more active.

Rain is in the forecast Thursday. I hope we get it. We have been in a “dry spell” lately, though if you look at the year to date numbers, rainfall is way above normal.

The weather is going to be great for outdoor activities, such as fishing. So, by all means, if you can get away this week, go.

The Tennessee Council of Trout Unlimited announced grants to chapters and agencies, for future trout work and education in the State. You can read an article quoting the news release by CLCIKING HERE.

The money comes from the sale of the TU license plates in Tennessee. This year’s grants total $32,860.

As soon as I heard the license plates were available, I sent a check that day to buy tags for Paula and I. We got low numbers, 35 for Paula and 36 for me. We have had them several years.

The Sweetwater Tennessee, Needy Family Fund, will hold an auction at the Sweetwater Primary School at 5:30 pm, Saturday December 2nd. Money raised will provide Christmas Baskets in the Sweetwater area. Walter Babb donated three boxes of flies he tied, one full of nymphs, another with his dry flies and a third packed with smallmouth bass streamers. Show up and bid on Walter’s flies. Believe me, they are treasures. Walter would really appreciate you attending. You can also make donations by mail, to: Needy Family Fund, P.O. Box 450, Sweetwater, Tennessee 37874.

You may be able to bid by phone. Call Daniel at the shop. He may know how. It has been done in the past.

We have fly tying classes scheduled beginning in December. Some of the classes are Free. They are 2-hour primers, so you can try this hobby, to see if you are interested in pursuing it further.

We offer all day beginner and intermediate tying classes too. They cost $75 to $85, depending on the class. They are taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney. Everything is furnished, including lunch in the classroom.

You can see the schedule and learn more by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
November 27, 2017

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