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The Fishing Report 11/29/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:36 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is between slow and good.

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Rainfall 2017 YTD Knoxville Apt
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40.8 Fahrenheit
1.67 Feet 103 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 5:36 am, the temperature outside is 27.9 degrees. Once again, it is over 10 degrees colder than predicted the day before by the National Weather Service. I check other weather websites too, and usually see similar predictions.

They say today will be sunny with a high temperature in the mid-60’s. And, they say tonight’s low will be in the mid 40’s. The prediction for tomorrow states, the high will be 64 degrees. Tomorrow night should be very warm, in the mid-40’s. Then, rain should arrive. We’ll see what happens.

Little River is flowing at 103 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.67 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 251 cfs. The water temperature is a cold 40.8 degrees.

I am hoping for the predicted warm temperatures because the water is cold and the trout will be sluggish. If the weather predictions hold true, the water will warm. Fishing will improve and should be at least fair through next Tuesday.

If you go today, you will probably do best later in the day. I would use nymphs, weighted and fished near the bottom of the stream. Streamers may work too.

The streams are flowing low, cold and clear. The trout are spooky. Do everything you can to not be seen by the trout. Wear muted clothing.

You will likely see brown trout out in the open. Some have spawned. Some may still be spawning. It is best for our future if you leave the spawning trout alone. This is a sight fishing game. You can pick the fish that are not on the redds. They are fair game. The cold water doesn’t bother them. After they spawn, they are hungry.

You might look for an angler friendly generation schedule on the Clinch River below Norris Dam. I’ve heard some good reports coming from there.

Townsend is in a tourism lull right now. That is normal. Thanksgiving is over and now people are thinking about Christmas and the other holidays. We are slow at the shop on weekdays, though mail order is strong right now. That is normal too.

The Southern Appalachian Fly Fishing Museum in Bryson City is expanding to a second building. The new facility will house the aquarium. Alen Baker showed me some drawings and explained the growth plans at Fly Tyers Weekend. The Aquarium should open early next Summer. You can read more on the Southern Trout website by CLICKING HERE.

My next project will be adding more flies to our online store. We only have about 100 patterns in that department at this point. This is a new online store, launched November 1st. It replaced our old outdated online store that served us for about 10 years, maybe longer. I will probably photograph and add about 100 more flies. That should keep me busy for a couple of weeks or longer. You can see that department by CLICKING HERE.

The photography is time consuming. The flies appear to float in mid-air, with no background. That took us years to figure out. We learned by trial and error, the hard way. It also takes some really nice studio equipment and software to make these images look like they do. I think it is worth the effort.

I will spend the Winter improving and adding more gear to the online store.

The actual brick and mortar shop looks great, better than ever. Paul figured out a new way to display the fly rods, by attaching a plastic and padded label holder, directly to the rod blanks. I saw him working on that yesterday. This will make it easier for you to identify the rods we stock. I know we have never stocked this many fly rods.

We just added Scott Fly Rods to our collection. That is a great addition. Right now we are only stocking the G Series, the Meridian and the Radian rods. We can special order any rod you want, quickly, from Scott. Check out the three models we stock now by CLICKING HERE.

We have had a very good year. Things are going well.

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

Byron Begley
November 29, 2017

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