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The Fishing Report 11/28/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:25 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
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40.5 Fahrenheit
1.71 Feet 112 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 5:25 am, the temperature outside is 25.0 degrees. That is much colder than was predicted yesterday by the National Weather Service.

They say today will be 64 degrees with a low tonight of 40. The high tomorrow is predicted to be in the low 60’s with a low in the mid-40’s. Hopefully, the cold spell ended this morning and it looks like, it will remain warm through December 6th, at this point.

Little River is flowing low at 112 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.71 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 235 cfs. The water temperature is a chilly 40.5 degrees this morning.

The water temperature did not rise much yesterday. The water is very cold this morning. I think fishing will be slow. It might pick up later today. Fishing will be better tomorrow and the days following through the weekend.

There is a fair chance for rain Thursday. We need it.

The trout will be sluggish until the water warms. They will be spooky. The water is low and clear.

Dress to blend in with the forest, and hopefully, the trout won’t see you. That is very important right now. Stay hidden.

I would use nymphs, weighted. Use patterns that are realistic looking, without flashy beads. Flash can be detrimental, especially in low cold water.

You may see brown trout, big ones, cruising or waiting for food to drift by. Those fish, if they have spawned, are hungry. They are fair game. If you see browns on the redds, they should be left alone until their job is done. Nymphs or streamers work best.

I am hoping for better fishing over the next few days. I know you are too.

If you can catch a good generation schedule on the Clinch River, it has been fishing well. I saw a photo yesterday of a big brown, caught on the Clinch a few days ago.

Our very own KOA campground, managed by Samantha and Mark Chipperfield, won the Kampground of America President’s Award and the KOA Founders award. The awards are based on the highest customer service and quality scores, within the KOA family of campgrounds. Congratulations to Samantha and Mark. Good job!

We have scheduled our Winter fly tying classes, with three dates in December. CLICK HERE to see the schedule and learn more about our classes.

An all day, beginner fly tying class, will be held on Saturday December 9th. The class is taught by Walter Babb and Brian Courtney. The cost is $85. We furnish everything, the use of our tools, materials and lunch in the classroom. You will learn to tie 5 different trout patterns from the guys who have been teaching this class for many years.

Also on the schedule are, three FREE 2-hour primer classes taught by Dave Carson. Dave is in charge of our school. If you want to try fly tying, start here. These classes will be held on Saturday December 2nd, Sunday December 10th and Saturday December 16th. The times are 2 pm until 4 pm.

To enroll in any of our classes, held from December through March, call the shop at 865-448-9459.

The new 2018 Fishpond gear is available now. CLICK HERE to see only the new items from Fishpond on our online store.

This is going to be another beautiful day in the Smoky Mountains. We will see another pretty sunrise in a few minutes.

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

Byron Begley
November 28, 2017

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