Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/15/14
It is currently 35 degrees in Gatlinburg and the high today will be 34 degrees. Well,
that is exactly what the National Weather Service has on their website at 6:52 AM this
morning. They also show it is raining lightly in one place on the website and snowing
in another place on the website. Okay, I guess that's close enough for government
work and probably a lot more accurate than most anything else the government
handles other than what our military does when left alone to do their job.
Well, yes, I agree. i am picking on them this morning, but I thought it was funny that it
is already warmer than today's high will be.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Snow is likely before 1pm, then there's a chance of rain and snow. It will be cloudy,
with a high near 34. The chance of precipitation is 60%. (Looking at the radar is sure
looks like 100%). Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of snow before 1am. The low will be around 17
degrees. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 570 cfs at 2.85 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 974 cfs at 2.49 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 218 cfs at 3.03 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 a little on the high side.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are still a little high.
Current Recommended Streams
You better check the road situation in the park prior to traveling there to fish. It is
going to be borderline and that usually means they close some of them to be on the
good side of safety. Otherwise, I suggest small streams but small streams that are in
the low and middle elevations, not the high elevation streams. Large, low elevations
streams are still a little high to safely wade but they can be fished if your careful.
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 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:
I don't recommend you try to fish today due to the weather conditions. You don't want
to learn things the hard way.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Either purchase or learn to tie Perfect Fly Mayfly Emergers, Duns and Spinners and
quit using obsolete, generic flies sold by fly shops. Our Perfect Flies are simi-realistic
imitations of the food wild trout see and eat every day. They look and act like the real
things. We are the only fly company in the World with imitations of all the important
aquatic insects in all stages of their life applicable to fly fishing.
Whatever Hits Me - Bass are in the middle of their spawning cycle in Lake
Okeechobee in south Florida, and I'm sitting here in my office working for Angie.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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