Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/03/14
According to the radar, it is still snowing heavily in the mountains, especially the
higher elevations. It will be later on today before we know just how much snow fell at
Newfound Pass or Mt. LeConte but I'm betting it is more than knee deep to a whitetail
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It is exactly the temperature the National Weather Service predicted at Gatlingburg at
7:00AM this morning - 17 degrees. The high today at Gatlinburg will be 26. If that's
not cold enough to suit you, try the high elevations of the mountains. I just checked
and the National Park Service website doesn't show any roads closed at this time.
HUM! I guess 100% wrong is close enough for Government work. Wait until after their
second coffee break and I'm sure someone will post it.
There is a roller Coaster week of weather ahead. It is going to warm back up and
then repeat yesterdays and last night's performance on Sunday and Monday, except
the low for Monday night is shown at 3 degrees. Quit frankly, I hate cold weather and
at times like this, I wonder why I moved north. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions: (AS IF IT Mattered)
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 474cfs at 2.67 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 835cfs at 2.32 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 181 cfs at 2.91 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 I assume it is still on the high
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are probably about normal as if it really mattered.
Current Recommended Streams
Recommended Trout Flies: When we can fish again
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:
Watch our Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains National Park DVD. It takes over 4 hours.
Tips for Beginners:
Watch our Getting Started DVD.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Learn to tie Perfect Mayflies instead of the junk, obsolete generic and traditional flies.
Whatever Hits Me - I'm sorry I did so much complaining today, but it doesn't take
much of this kind of weather to hurt.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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