Rain, rain, and more rain has set upon us here mid-week and the fishing outlook for the weekend is a little cloudy as a result. As I type, the flows in the GSMNP are beginning to rise and that should continue through Thursday night as the forecast is calling for upwards of four inches in areas with the bulk of the East Tennessee expecting two to three inches as Hurricane Zeta passes overhead. As if the impending doom of election day and a surging virus were not enough, we now get to contend with the 27th named storm of 2020.
If there is any silver lining in the forecast it may be the case that TVA actually has to hold some water back from downstream assets in order to accommodate Zeta’s contribution to our already swollen reservoirs. At it stands right now, they have backed off considerably on predicted outflows on all of the Valley’s dams but what they actually end up doing over the weekend is anybody’s guess. I’d keep my eyes on both the flows in the mountains and the flows on the tailwaters as the good news is the weekend weather forecast looks great once we make it past Thursday.