Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/14/14
The rain has been light and should end this morning by 7:00 AM. The stream levels
are still dropping at the USGS stations and I doubt that will change much. Today's
weather will give those who want to challenge the poor conditions a chance to do so.
One thing is for sure. Tomorrow will be an even tougher challenge.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
As mentioned above, the rain should end this morning. Today's high will be near 52.
Tonight, rain and snow showers are likely, becoming all snow after 3am. The low will
be around 29 degrees. The snow in Gatlinburg should be light, with less than a half
inch possible. Of course, there will be more in the mountains. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 729 cfs at 3.12 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1110 cfs at 2.64 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 253 cfs at 3.14 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 are still too high to safely wade
but can be fished if you pick and choose the spots.
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. It is possible to see some little BWO's hatching
today but not likely. It is likely to see midges hatching.
Tips for Beginners:
I don't recommend wading. It is still too high and swift to safely wade.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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