Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 12/26/13
Not much of anything for me other than trying to get some rest after driving back
home from Guntersville, Alabama. I hope everyone had a nice Christmas day and
remembered what it represents.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
The daily high temperatures will be increasing into the fifties with lows in the thirties
for the remainder of the week. Another front will move in over the weekend and bring
a good chance of rain Saturday night and Sunday.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
These three have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Flowing at 592 cfs and 2.89 ft. (good wading up to 250 cfs)
Oconaluftee Creek: Flowing at 1150 cfs and 2.69 ft. (good wading 500 cfs)
Cataloochee River: Flowing at 285 cfs and 3.22 ft (good wading up to 125 cfs)
The Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but is still high. I just looked at
it a few minutes ago. I will assure you, Hazel Creek and the other NC streams flowing
into Cherokee Lake are also still high.
Smoky Mountain Stream Recommendations:
Conditions have improved and if you have the opportunity you may want to try it. A
bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work. I recommend these
smaller streams. The Roaring Fork and LeConte near Gatlinburg, Anthony Creek
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
4. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Fish the BWO nymph. Most likely anything hatching would be midges. You could also
fish a tandem rig with the Cream midge pupa on top and larva on the bottom. The
winter stoneflies should start hatching any day if not already. The nymph (fished late
in the day) is by far the most important stage to match. If you see any adults laying
eggs, swap to an adult imitation.
Tips for Beginners:
Be careful. The streams are still too high for safe wading. It will be dangerous in the
larger streams for another day or two, not only from high water but it will also be
"cold" water adding additional danger from Hypothermia.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Fish the combination midge rig I suggested above. I know many Smoky Mountain
diehards have never fished a midge imitation in the freestone streams of the park but
doing so, may make you realize you are stuck in your ways. You will probably be
Whatever Hits Me:
Any comments and suggestions about this new format will be appreciated.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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