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The Fishing Report 12/03/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:26 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


48.2 Fahrenheit
1.64 Feet 96 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 5:26 am, the temperature outside is a 42.3 degrees.

Today and tomorrow will be warm, with highs in the low to mid 60’s and lows in the 40’s. Tuesday will be warm, with rain likely through the day and night.

Cold air moves in Wednesday. Expect highs in the 40’s and high 30’s. Lows will plunge into the 20’s and possibly the teens by next weekend. It will likely snow in the high elevations Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

The long term forecast, beginning Wednesday through December 17th, calls for cold temperatures and rain or snow at times.

Little River is flowing at 96 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.64 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 210 cfs. The water temperature is 48.2 degrees this morning.

If you can get away to fish, go today or tomorrow. The water temperatures will be fairly warm over the next three days. Then, it will be over. The water will chill later in the week and fishing will slow.

I would use nymphs right now. You may encounter aquatic insects on the water and trout rising. If you do, switch to a dry fly. Otherwise, I would stick with nymphs.

The water is fairly low. Stay hidden as best as you can. Dress to blend with the forest. The trout are spooky.

Brown trout will be active. You may see some large fish feeding. They are not easy to catch. Many will be over 20” in length. To land one you will need to use heavy tippet and be willing to move fast up or down stream to keep up with the fish.

Remember, the Townsend Christmas Parade will be held this afternoon from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. You will not be able to drive through Townsend. Our only road will be closed during that time. You can go around, through Pigeon Forge, returning from the Park, but that’s a long haul. I would park and watch the parade if you are here during that time.

Bring the family early and enjoy the parade. Bring folding chairs too. The road will be lined with people. The weather is going to be nice.

The Daily Times published a new article about the planned greenway connecting Maryville to Townsend. You can read it by CLICKING HERE.

The Greenway, to be used by pedestrians and bicyclists, would cost over $24 million to build. The economic impact is estimated to be $65 million over 10 years. The article states that the economic benefit of the Virginia Creeper Trail, has amounted to $1.6 billion.

We are offering fly tying classes. You can see the schedule and learn more by CLICKING HERE. I started tying flies in 1962 and I still love it. We offer free introduction classes, and all day classes for a fee. If you have always wanted to learn, here is your chance.

Get out and enjoy this beautiful weather while it is here.

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

Byron Begley
December 3, 2017

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