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The Fishing Report 12/28/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 6:13 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
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Rainfall 2017 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


37.2 Fahrenheit
2.25 Feet 275 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 6:15 am, the temperature outside is 18.1 degrees.

Today’s high temperature will only reach the upper 30’s. It will remain cold through New Years Day. Highs will be in the low 40’s through Saturday, dip to the low 30’s Sunday and the high Monday is predicted to be in the upper 20’s. Lows at night will be in the 20’s and teens through the period.

Next week will be very cold with highs in the 30’s and lows in the teens through Friday.

Little River is flowing at 275 cubic feet per second (cfs) or 2.25 feet on the flow gauge. Median flow for this date is 314 cfs. The water temperature is 37.2 degrees this morning.

Water temperatures will remain cold, in the mid to low 30’s this week. Fishing in the Smokies will be slow.

Nymphs, fished deep are probably your best option. Even if one of your flies bumps a trout in the nose, the fish may not eat it. Maybe it will. Trout don’t need food when the water temperature is in the 30’s. Their metabolism slows. They become inactive.

There is a chance you could find a feeding post spawn brown trout.

Fish close to your vehicle. If you get wet, you won’t have much time to avoid hypothermia. Keep a change of dry clothing in your vehicle, just in case you do get wet. We all know that is possible.

We have been busy at the shop this week. There are many visitors in town. And, some are fly fishing. You won’t see many people fishing if you go. You won’t see me fishing if you go.

I have been on some fishing trips where the temperature was colder than it is here now. A group of my local buddies and I used to go to Yellowstone in late October. The brown trout were spawning then. We fished the Madison and Gibbon Rivers.

We caught trout. And, we caught some nice trout. At times, morning temperatures were in the single digits. The water temperature in the Madison was usually over 40 degrees, due to the influx of the Firehole River, which was much warmer.

I went to Michigan once in early December with two of my Kentucky buddies. We were there to catch lake-run spawning brown trout. We fished with a guide in a large motorized drift boat, on the Manistee River.

Every morning, the temperature was in single digits but warmed to the 20’s during the day. It was difficult to find a launch ramp that was not covered with ice. We fished for three days and caught absolutely nothing. The river was turning to slush the last day. We still had a great time.

Those days are over for me. When conditions are that bad, I’m not going.

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

Byron Begley
December 28, 2017

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