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The Fishing Report 12/29/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 8:30 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is slow.

Water Temperature Little River
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Rainfall 2017 YTD Knoxville Apt
Rainfall Normal YTD Knoxville Apt


37.58 Fahrenheit
2.19 Feet 253 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. The sun is shining and it is almost 29F out. This actually feels pretty good if you are dressed right for it.

It is going to be a cold week here in Townsend. Highs today and tomorrow are going to be in the low 40's. Sunday and Monday are going to usher in the near year with near freezing temperatures for the high. Lows are going to be in the mid-teens.

Fly fishing in the Smokies will be slow this week. I would stay in lower elevations closer to the road. Look for sections of river where the sun can get on the water. The sun can warm the water just enough to help improve the fishing. You will need to fish low and slow. Most of the trout will be down on the bottom.

As Byron said the other day, don't stray too far from your car and have extra clothes. If you take a spill into the water get back to the warmth of your vehicle and get warm. Hypothermia can come on very quickly.

2017 is almost over. I can hardly believe it. We have had a successful year, hopefully making the Shop better. John Chambers joined us and has been a great addition. His knowledge of the tailwaters and Euro nymphing are an asset, not to mention that he loves helping customers.

Trying new products was something we did in 2017. Tenkara rods were very well received. The Grayl water purifier bottles are also a great new product. If you haven't taken a look at them I recommend it. A Grayl is the perfect addition to your fishing pack if you are going to be away from the road. Scott Fly Rods are back after several years of absense from the rod rack.

We have had some fun events this year. In addition to our Free Fly Tying Demos in the winter and Fly Fishing 101 classes we also had the boat show with Big Franks Outdoors and a kayak fishing day with River Sports Outfitters. I definitely can't forget to mention our largest event of the year, Fly Tyers Weekend. Fly Tyers Weekend was a great success with tyers and watchers coming from all over the Southeast. We haven't officially set a date for 2018 yet but we will let you know.

2018 should be an even better year. Free Fly Tying Demos will start up in about 2 weeks. These are a fun way to spend a cold, winter Saturday. They go from 10 am till 2pm. Just show up, grab a cup of coffee and learn from local fly tyers. At the end of March we will have a womens fly fishing day. Keep an eye on your email for more info. Space will be limited. I'm sure we'll have Big Frank out again with his micro-skiffs. If you have any ideas let us know.

We will be open regular time this Saturday and Sunday. On Monday January 1 we will be closed for New Years Day. Have a great day and thank you for being here with us.

Daniel Drake
December 29, 2017

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