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The Fishing Report 12/30/17 Great Smoky Mountains National Park and East Tennessee
Time of Readings 9:30 am Eastern Time Zone : CFS=Cubic Feet Per Second
Fishing Gauge indicating fishing is slow.

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


38.12 Fahrenheit
2.09 Feet 218 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. Clouds cover the area this morning. It is just above freezing but we will warm into the low 40's today.

Water temperatures didn't drop over night which is a good thing. This morning the water temperature is 38 F. Water levels are 2.09 feet or 218 c.f.s. which is a little lower than the daily normal of 290 c.f.s.

Fishing is slow in the mountains due to the cold water. Trout can still be caught in the Smokies but you have to change expectations and tactics. Count a few fish as a good day. Your window for good fishing is going to be narrow. Noon till about 4 pm will be best when the water has had a chance to warm.

Fish nymphs deep. Split shot are your friend. If your fly doesn't get hung on the bottom every so often you probably don't have enough weight on it. I would try a tandem rig with two nymphs. I like going with a larger and smaller one to hedge my bet.

Looking at the TVA pages there might be some opportunities to fish some of the tailwaters this weekend. The Clinch is showing a good window of no generation today. The Holston also has a break in the generation.

It is a quiet morning here at the Shop. This week has been fairly busy with people in and out. A lot of visitors come and stay in the mountains during the week between Christmas and New Years. I don't think most of them are braving the weather to fish.

If you go fishing this weekend be careful and enjoy it.

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 30, 2017

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