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The Fishing Report 12/05/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5::48 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


47.3 Fahrenheit
1.61 Feet 89.7 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 5:48 am, the temperature outside is a 63 degrees.

Today will be warm and windy. Rain is approaching. Weather websites are predicting rainfall totals up to 1.5 inches with one predicting up to 2 inches. Rain showers will continue tonight and changing to show showers at the high elevations in the mountains.

Tomorrow will be cloudy with a high temperature in the 40’s, dropping to the low 30’s tomorrow night. The balance of the week will be cold, with highs in the 30’s to 40’s and lows in the teens to the 20’s. There is a slight chance for snow showers Saturday.

Little River is flowing at 89.7 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 1.61 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 218 cfs. The water temperature is 47.3 degrees this morning.

This will not be a good fishing day. The water temperatures are fine. I would worry about the wind. The Smoky mountains are under a wind advisory until 4 pm this afternoon. “Southerly winds of 15 to 30 mph with gusts up to 45 mph” will create a danger due to falling limbs and trees.

Another concern is heavy rain.

Tonight, through the weekend, water temperatures will plunge. That will slow the fishing quickly.

If you plan to fish, I would wait until tomorrow. Use nymphs unless you see a blue wing olive hatch or other aquatic insects on the water, and trout rising to them. Brown trout may be feeding. There is a chance you could hook one of those.

Overall, I think fishing this week will be slow.  

Winter weather is here and it looks like it will continue through at least December 19th, and probably much longer.

We do have some beginner and intermediate fly tying classes scheduled. One in particular is an all-day beginner class to be held Saturday. The cost is $85, which includes the use of our tools, all needed materials and lunch. You can see our class schedule and learn more about our classes by CLICKING HERE. You should call the shop to reserve your space in the class. The last time I checked, the class was not full.

Tying flies is a good way to get you through the cold months. Winter is a great time to learn. You won’t be distracted as much by fishing. You can also give one of our gift cards, for a fly tying class.

I’m going fly fishing next week in Kentucky, with some of my closest buddies. We have been friends for 50 to 60 years. It is going to be cold. What were we thinking?

I’ll tell you what we were thinking. We were thinking about being together and having fun. I can’t wait. I bet we spend more time in the cabin, and less time on the stream. It doesn’t matter to me or them.

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

Byron Begley
December 5, 2017

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