Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 12/27/13
I was tired and made several glaring errors yesterday. I called the Oconaluftee River
a creek and Cataloochee Creek a river. I said a good day of fishing is better than a
good day at work and that is certainly correct, but I meant to say a bad day of fishing
is better than a good day at work. I had some other stupid errors.
On the tube last night, I noticed an ad for a new TV reality show that used a saying
something like "If your job is also your passion, it is like never having to go to work". I
like the saying but sometimes I wonder if that's always true.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Clear skies today, partially clear tomorrow. Today and tomorrow's high temperature
at Gatlinburg will increase into the fifties. Lows tonight and tomorrow night will be in
the thirties. There is a good chance of more rain starting tomorrow night and
continuing through Sunday on into early Monday morning. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 520 cfs at 2.75 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1150 cfs at 2.69 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 285 cfs at 3.22 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 cfs, and with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but is still high and not really safe
to wade. .
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake are also
still high and not safe to wade.
Current Recommended Streams
Fishing conditions have improved and if you have the opportunity, give it a try.
Remember, a bad day of fishing is always better than a good day at work.
I am still recommending the smaller streams - Roaring Fork and LeConte near
Gatlinburg, Anthony Creek near Cades Cove, Walkers Camp Prong on highway
#441, Bunchess Creek near Cherokee, Collins Creek, Kephart Creek on the upper
Oconaluftee are some of the small streams you can easily fish.
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. In terms of numbers, these little swimming and crawler nymphs
are still the most plentiful larvae available for the trout to eat other than midges. 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 larger streams are still too high for safe wading.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Notice that I added the Winter Stoneflies to the above list of insects. These will be
hatching off and on for the next couple of months. Seeing them on the banks may
make you want to tie on an imitation of the adult stonefly but trout can't eat them on
the banks. Use it only when you notice them laying eggs. Fish the Winter stonefly
nymph around the banks of the stream, especially late in the afternoon, and you will
be surprised at the results.
Whatever Hits Me - Perfect Fly "Thank You Letter"
Yesterday, we emailed out over 7,500 email letters thanking previous Perfect Fly
customers for helping us have a good, very successful year but we missed some
because for the first few years we didn't record email addresses from customers who
purchased items by 800 telephone calls. We are at least a couple thousand
customers short on our email list. We do have the physical mailing addresses.
For any of you that happen to be one of those customers, I'm sorry we missed you.
Here is a copy of the email sent out:
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