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The Fishing Report 12/01/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:35 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


47.7 Fahrenheit
1.74 Feet 119 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 5:35 am, the temperature outside is a very warm 52.5 degrees. This morning, the temperature is warmer than was predicted yesterday.

Today will be somewhat overcast with a high near 60 degrees. Tonight’s low should be in the low 40’s. This warm spell will continue through Tuesday. Then, colder temperatures and precipitation will move into the area. Expect rain Tuesday and Wednesday. Snow showers are possible Wednesday night and Thursday.

Very little rain fell yesterday. Little River is flowing at 119 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.74 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 249 cfs. The water temperature is 47.7 degrees this morning.

Fishing will be better now in the Great Smoky Mountains, due to the warmer stream temperatures, especially in the lower elevations. And, these conditions should continue through early next week, if the weather forecast holds true.

The water is still low. Rain is not expected until Tuesday, though there is a slight chance tomorrow, Sunday and Monday. Hopefully, Tuesday will bring significant rain.

Stealth is paramount. Stay hidden and blend in with the forest.

I would plan on using nymphs. You might see a hatch of blue wing olives or other aquatic insects on the water. If trout are rising to them, switch to a dry fly. You will see active brown trout in some streams. They will probably take nymphs unless there is a hatch. Those fish are hungry and looking for food.

The Clinch River has been fishing well. Watch for an angler friendly generation schedule, whether you are wading or floating. Nymphs and sub-surface midge patterns are both working.

Cress bugs? I shopped at the store yesterday and purchased materials to tie cress bugs. Some of my buddies and I plan to fish Hatchery Creek, in Kentucky, in a few days. The last time we were there, I noticed a lot of water cress was growing in the fertile waters below the hatchery. Sure enough, now, people are catching trout on cress bug patterns.

Before the hatchery on Big Spring Creek near Newville, Pennsylvania closed, the stream below was filled with water cress. We would see huge brown trout, wallowing in the cress, rooting out cress bugs. We caught trout on those imitations. Those were gray. I think the Hatchery Creek version is tan, or that is what I’ve heard. I’ll tie both colors.

 I ordered water cress once, to plant in the spring creek on this property. I did not grow. The ph in the stream is perfect. It is a limestone stream. The water temperature hovers around 58 degrees, year round. I think there was not enough sun. The creek runs through a gorge, with trees shading the stream throughout it’s path.

We have a new community choir in Townsend. It is not affiliated with a particular church. I recognize the people in the photo. There are about 30 local people in the choir. They will perform at the Campground Methodist Church, after the Townsend Christmas Parade Sunday. You can read the story on the Daily Times website by CLICKING HERE.

You should attend the Christmas Parade. It is awesome. Santa Clause is our neighbor.

Don’t forget about our fly tying classes. You can read more by CLICKING HERE.

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

Byron Begley
December 1, 2017

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