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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Judging by the CoCoRaHS rain totals map, western North Carolina received much needed rain without flooding issues. Good. In fact, you probably won't notice much of a change in most places in terms of water levels. The farther southwest you trek in North Carolina the heavier the rains were. Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Swain, and Jackson Counties received the higher totals, ranging from around 1.20"-2.96". Those were the totals for yesterday. We'll see what the grand total was for today, probably by tomorrow. That's definitely enough to cause streams and rivers to rise.

A lot of the stream flow charts and data on the USGS website are not accurate right now, as "Instantaneous Values" for most rivers and streams are "Unavailable".It looks like the USGS is updating, as most, if not all of the gauges in the country are displaying "Unavailable Instantaneous Values"

With that being said, fishing will be fine for most locations in western North Carolina. Still, use extra caution when around rivers and streams. They're still pretty high. Once you get over into Tennessee, things change. Little River on the Tennessee side of the Smokies is full. The gauge is out over there too, but yesterday morning's flow was 4,200 cfs. The median to date is 260 cfs. Little River is receding, but wade fishing will be dangerous until flows recede some more. Take it easy!! Fishing from the bank is your best option if the water is too high. Give a streamer a try if the water is high and stained. If it is stained or muddy, don't bother tying on 6x tippet. Use slightly heavier tippet, such as 3x and 4x.

It's hard to think the low water of Summer is just right around the corner. Hopefully this year won't be as bad as past years.

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