Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/11/14
It is raining like cats and dogs. I wrote that and began to wonder what it meant or
where it came from. I have heard it all my life. Looking it up on google, all I found out
from dozens of website pages is no one really knows. Oh well, this morning in Pigeon
Forge, it is raining like cats and dogs. It is also thundering like I don't know what.
Now, if you read my yesterday's and the day before that reports, you should see
what I meant when I said I thought Friday would be a better day to fish than Saturday
or Sunday even though it would be warmer over the weekend. The streams can't be
safely waded at this time and it will continue to get worse.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It is raining like, c....oh I have already written that..... It is raining hard in Pigeon Forge
and has been off and on for the last few hours. Looking at the National Weather
Service precipitation map, and at 7:30 AM, it is showing the Tennessee side of the
park has already received from an inch to an inch and a half and it is far from ending.
Also, the stream levels below will continue to change and continue to rise most of the
day. This is more true of the N.C. side of the park because the rain is moving in a
Southeasterly direction. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 490 cfs at 2.70 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 892 cfs at 2.39 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 193 cfs at 2.95 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'm positive it is already high
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they will all be high but the rain really hasn't hit the N.C. side of the park like the
Current Recommended Streams
Small streams but small streams that are at low and middle elevations, not the high
elevation streams. Large low elevations streams but only with streamer from the bank.
Recommended Trout Flies: (for when you can fish)
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 Streamers. If you can find any small stream with decent flow levels, fish the size
20 BWO nymph. You might change to a Winter Stonefly nymph but I wouldn't
recommend it until late in the day. It is very doubtful anything but midges will hatch
today due to very short warmer water period of time they will have to do so.
Tips for Beginners:
Use streamers and stay out of the water.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
As I'm sure you know, sreamers should work well today, especially in the larger
streams fished from open areas along the bank.
Whatever Hits Me - How happy I am that it is raining. Not here but for the first time
in a long time, the northwest Pacific coast is getting their normal winter rains. Most of
the winter steelhead are still in the saltwater and haven't moved back into the
streams along the northern California, Oregon and Washington coast. Some have a
long way to go. Some will travel as far east as Idaho.
I have a few thousand Pacific Coast steelhead flies I would like to sell in the next
couple of months. The lack of rain and snow, together with low water levels have
really hampered the fly fishing opportunities there. Our Great Lake patterns have
sold well, but not the Pacific ones so far this Winter.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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