Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 12/23/13
I don't know if this is coming from boredom or what, but I'm testing some new ideas
regarding how to produce the Invaluable and exciting information I put out on this
website each day. I welcome any comments, good or bad, and helpful or not. By the
way, the "what's happening" content will be about things like moonshiners caught in
Cosby, more buildings being set on fire, or I mean burning down in Townsend, Angie
running me off for eating all the Xmas cakes before Xmas, Bonita being stocked in
Cherokee tribal waters, or another new homeless fishing guide (one without a
working wife or girl friend).
Oh, and for some great, good news, I have another fly fishing expert on my staff.
His name is Grayson James Tobias, 7 lb, 5 oz. son of Hillery and Christopher Tobias,
born a couple of days ago in Alaska.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
At Gatlinburg, rain is still likely before 10am. Temperature falling to around 26
tonight. Tuesday's high will be near 34 with a low of around 18. Christmas Day will
be sunny with a high near 39 and a low around 24. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday's
highs around 45 to 50 with no rain in the forecast.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
These three have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Blown out at 1810 cfs and 4.46 ft. (good wading up to 250 cfs)
Oconaluftee Creek: Blown out at 3050 cfs and 4.35 ft. (good wading 500 cfs)
Cataloochee River: Blown out at 822 cfs and 4.30 ft (good wading up to 125 cfs)
The Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but is blown out. Looking at the
precipitation map, I would say Hazel and the other NC streams flowing into Cherokee
Lake are also blown out.
Smoky Mountain Stream Recommendations:
I wouldn't recommend fishing until at least after Christmas Day. The first ones you
could fish will be the little streams. The Roaring Fork and LeConte near Gatlinburg,
Anthony near Cades Cove, Walkers Camp Prong, Bunchess Creek near Cherokee,
Collins Creek, Kephart Creek on the upper Oconaluftee and other very small streams.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20
nymphs (this would be the main fly)
2. Midges: Cream
Hook Size 20/22
3. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 6
White Belly Sculpin
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Until the water drops some, don't fish
Tips for Beginners:
Don't fish. It will be dangerous for a couple of days, not only from high water but also
it will soon be cold water adding additional danger from Hypothermia.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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Nothing, I'm just wondering if this format will work. I intend to keep it the same each
day if it does work out. Any comments and suggestions will be helpful.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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