Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/12/14
The additional rain in the forecast doesn't look good for the fly fishing opportunities
but the warmer weather does. I rather have high, warm water than high, cold water. It
is obvious the streams will remain very high most of the coming week.
The boat shows and the fishing shows, including the fly fishing shows, will be kicking
off soon. That gives some anglers something to do during the Winter but when you
look at it from an overall perspective, it only gives a small percentage much
opportunity, unless anglers want to travel a long way. Shows have been on the
decline for the past several years. Retail sells at brick and mortar fly shop stores
have been declining for the past several years. I'm referring to only the inside store
sells. As it related to tackle and fly shops, only those with locations at highly popular
fly fishing destinations have survived and many of them are still struggling.
The World Wide Web has changed the World. It will never be the same. The
combination tourist attraction/retail stores like Cabelas and Bass Pro Shops will make
it and continue to grow, and in those cases, it is only because they also have high
volume Internet sells and supplemental help from local government to support the
initial cost of land and buildings at physical locations.
Google has a big hand in controlling the World now, and simply because they can.
They have a noose around everyone with a website and you do what they say, as
well as try hard to out guess them, or you simply don't exist.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
There is a 20% chance of snow and rain today but it increases from 40% to 70% for
rain on Monday. Highs will be in the mid fifties and lows in the mid thirties tonight and
tomorrow night. The rest of the week doesn't look any better or much different. More
rain is in the forecast. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 1650 cfs at 4.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1680 cfs at 3.23 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 373 cfs at 3.45 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 looked at it yesterday and it
was very high.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are high if not blown out
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 by fishing streamers from
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.
Tips for Beginners:
Use streamers and stay out of the water.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
As I'm sure you know streamers is your best option.
Whatever Hits Me - Within the next ten to twenty years, one may well be able to
see and critique something on the web better than they can in a store. They may
even be able to smell it, possibly even test it through simulations that can't be done
in a store and they may even be able to do all of that holding nothing in their hands.
They most likely will be wearing it and not punching buttons or a touch screen, rather
talking to it. Heck, that beats everyone in the world walking around or driving a
vehicle with their eyes and mind glued to a hand held device.
"Hello Angie, please send me a dozen Paraleptophlebia adopitva duns in a hook size
18. Sir, do you mean Blue Qullls? Yea, I just wanted to make sure I am getting what I
order." I'll repeat it. A Pear A Lep Toe Flea Bee I A, Adapt Tee Via Uh. Oh, one of
them. No prob lemo." Send them barbless. I was using your reality simulator and
stuck one in my finger. I had to take my Apple iDoeverything to the emergency room
to get the hook cut out. No prob lemo, we will re-emburse you for your Obama Care
supplemental cost. Can I have your Social Union Security Number?"
Items will be delivered the same day they are ordered on these wearable devices by
mini drones that fly to your front porch or land on special drone landing pads that will
be common as a mailbox at most homes and businesses. I don't think Amazon has
The only good thing or bad thing about it, however, I want to look at it, is I won't be
here to have to deal with it. I'm scared to walk down the sidewalk now. Some of these
kids are big and when they run into you with their eyes glued to their iphones, it
hurts. I even had an old lady hit me with a grocery buggy looking at her iPad grocery
list while she was pushing it.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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