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The Fishing Report 12/24/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 5:30 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


49.8 Fahrenheit
2.94 Feet 631 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 5:30 am, the temperature outside is 43.4 degrees.

Today will be mostly cloudy with a high temperature in the low 50’s. Tonight’s low will be in the mid to low 20’s. Rain, then snow showers are predicted. Tomorrow, Christmas Day, will be sunny with a high in the low 30’s.

It was wet and windy yesterday. Only .26” of rain fell in Townsend. The Knoxville Airport reported .47”. I do not know how much rain fell in the Park, but Little River’s flow jumped by 1 foot during the afternoon and evening.

Little River is flowing at 631 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.94 feet on the gauge. Median flow for this date is 278 cfs. The water temperature is 49.8 degrees this morning.

If you go fishing in the Park today, especially on Little River, you will be fishing in high water. The flows are receding. Be careful wading.

I would fish smaller streams, with nymphs, weighted. You can stand near shore, and “high stick” from there, without wading much. The water temperature is fairly warm this morning. Fishing may be pretty good. Water temperatures will fall tonight and tomorrow. Fishing will slow.

But, if you want to fish on Christmas Day, do it. Watch for active brown trout. They may be feeding. Always keep an eye on surface activity. You may see blue wing olives or small black stoneflies on the water. Trout may or may not be rising to them.

We will close at noon today and be closed tomorrow, Christmas Day. I will not write a fishing report tomorrow.

We all hope you have a very merry Christmas and thank you for supporting us this year and in years past.

Byron Begley
December 24, 2017

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