Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/13/14
The good news is the stream levels are falling fast but the bad news is there is an 80
percent chance of rain today and a 90% chance tonight. It will be changing to snow
for Tuesday and Wednesday's welcome to the Smokies.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Rain is in the forecast again, mainly after 4pm today. The high in Gatlinburg should
reach 53. A south wind will gust up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation today is 80%.
Tonight's low will be around 37 with a 90% chance of rain. That means it will be
snowing tonight in the higher elevations.
Tuesday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 51. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 937 cfs at 3.44 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1220 cfs at 2.76 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 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 I looked at it yesterday and it
is still high.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are still too high to safely wade
Current Recommended Streams
Small streams but small streams that are in the low and middle elevations, not the
high elevation streams. Large, low elevations streams but only by fishing streamers
from the banks.
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 Streamers or 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:
Learn to tie Perfect Fly Mayfly Nymphs and quit using obsolete generic nymphs sold
by fly shops. Trout can see mayfly nymphs far better than the duns and spinners on
the surface of the water.
Whatever Hits Me - How nice it would be to be offshore Golfito, Costa Rica, with a
sailfish on the line. I'll settle for a Roosterfish.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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