Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/24/14
It is 6 degrees at 5:30 AM this lovely Friday morning.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
The first sentence above says it all, but I will add that we have a 40% chance of snow
for tomorrow and again on Monday. The skies will be bright and sunny today, with a
high temperature of 26 degrees. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 244 cfs at 1.96 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 488 cfs at 1.83 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 121 cfs at 2.68 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 it is back near normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are about normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
I recommend Abrams Creek. The water will be slightly warmer.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 18
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:
If your brave enough, fish the size 20 BWO nymph at Abrams Creek. Fish just
downstream from the Abrams Fall trailhead. The farther you travel downstream, the
lower the water temperature will be.
You can fish the upper spring creek section above the little walk bridge but you
better stay well hidden. It is best to stay back away from the banks and stay in a
keeled down position. You might try hiding behind some of the big trees if they are in
the right position for you to hide. Usually, the trout run off and hide before you can
get into position to see them. It isn't easy fishing, but it is fun and you can catch them
if you work hard at it. Fish it from the Abrams Fall trailhead bridge upstream as far as
a few hundred yards above the bridge at the loop road.
Tips for Beginners:
Stay home and watch our four-hour long "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains
National Park" DVD. We have been selling a very high number of these instructional
programs for the last two months.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Upper Abrams, the spring creek section above the bridge, will test your skills. Give it
Whatever Hits Me:
I'm just sitting here wondering exactly what it is I am doing
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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