Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/04/14
It is a great time to go hiking in the mountains. Check this out.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It is 17 degrees again this morning in Pigeon Forge but if the forecast is correct, it is
going up into the low forties today. I don't think the water temperature will exceed 37
or 38 degrees today anywhere in the park trout exist. This morning it is probably
closer to 33 to 34 degrees at the lower elevations trout exist. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 420cfs at 2.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 750cfs at 2.32 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 167 cfs at 2.86 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 butit is still a little on the high side
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are probably about normal.
Current Recommended Streams
Later this afternoon, the lower elevation 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:
If you fish today, I can assure you the trout will be holding out of the current and most
likely, in holes on the bottom. This can be locations that are hidden under surface
current but getting a fly to drift slowly by themunder this scenario is very difficult. If
you use long, light leaders and tippet, fish the small flies in slow water in the deeper
areas of the pockets and pools, you can catch trout. Getting the fly in the right
places, fishing to trout you can't see, is a time consuming process but once you
catch one, you can probably successfully repeat the same pattern.
Tips for Beginners:
If you are just getting started, I don't recommend fishing in the park today. Watch our
Getting Started DVD.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
About everything that normally works fishing the Smokies, won't work under the
current cold water conditions. Don't be stupid enough to think that the trout
won't eat a small fly properly presented because as long as they are alive,
they will eat. The amount of food they need in cold water is completely
irrelevant. You only need them to eat one tiny fly and if it is well presented (slowly
drifting in front of their nose) they will eat it.
I'm not saying this is easy to do. It isn't. Just accept the challenge and don't blame
the fish if you fail to meet it.
Whatever Hits Me - Only a blast of cold air
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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