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The Fishing Report 12/22/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:52 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
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


48.6 Fahrenheit
2.71 Feet 490 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 5:52 am, the temperature outside is 44.4 degrees.

Today will be warm, with temperatures in the low 60’s. There is a 50% chance for rain this afternoon and tonight. There is a 100% chance for rain tomorrow. Total rainfall may reach 1”. It will be windy tonight and tomorrow.

Little River is flowing at 490 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.71 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 249 cfs. The water temperature is 48.6 degrees.

A gauge reading of 2.71 feet indicates high flows and swift current. The rivers are receding, and they should be more angler friendly later today. Be careful wading.

We will likely see the rivers rise again tomorrow. If you are fishing then, watch out for both rising water and falling limbs due to the wind. The strongest winds are predicted to be in the higher elevations, with gusts to 50 miles per hour, Friday night and Saturday.

The streams are warm. Find some areas you can safely fish, and you should do well. Heavily weighted nymphs would be my first choice. Watch for surface aquatic insect activity. You may see blue wing olives or other bugs on the water. Be prepared for dry fly fishing.

You will be dealing with high water today and tomorrow. It will be windy tomorrow. The trout will be active. You have a shot a catching big brown trout. They are hungry. There will be anglers out, targeting those fish. Conditions are good for that type of fly fishing.

You may find a fishing opportunity on the trout tailwaters. Those rivers may be a good option for you if you get a suitable generation schedule when you can fish.

Winter-like temperatures will arrive Sunday night. Snow is possible though not much is expected. Water temperatures will fall next week. Our brief warm water period ends. Christmas day will be sunny and chilly.

I think today is the last day, you can receive our gift cards through the mail. We do have an e-mail gift card, for last minute shoppers. You can order them online or by calling the shop. We will e-mail one to you or the person you are giving one to. CLICK HERE to learn more.

The e-mail gift cards have a number that can be used to redeem the gift amount. We track the transactions too. You can request that we send a plastic replacement card, that will arrive later.

I just checked our online store. Most of the orders that we are getting now are gift cards.

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

Byron Begley
December 22, 2017

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