Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/28/14
I'm not going to tell you my age, but I don't think I have ever seen a weather forecast
(where I was living) that was predicting colder weather than the forecast for
Gatlinburg for today and tomorrow. If I have, it was one of last week's Gatlinburg
I know everyone north of here, and probably many south of here, are laughing at
that. Certainly it isn't anything to compare with what is occurring in much of the
nation. I am positive the comedian Brother Dave Gardner, who was born and raised
in Tennessee, would laugh at me. One of his favorite joking comments was "you
don't hear of anyone retiring to the north, do you?" I can't figure out if I am
retired or not, but I did move from Panama City Beach Florida to Gatlinburg a few
years ago, well in my prime years. They say you don't know it when you go crazy.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It will be mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature around 15. Wind chill values
between 4 and 9. North wind will blow around 10 mph. I would like to add, I'm sure it
will and probably a heck of a lot more than that.
It is going to snow, mainly after 10am this morning. Today's high will be near 21. The
wind chill will vary between zero and 10. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New
snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible. There is a 40% chance of snow
tonight with a low of around 6. The wind chill will vary from -2 to 3 degrees.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 234 cfs at 1.93 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 476 cfs at 1.81 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 98 cfs at 2.58 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. I assume it is still near a normal
level for this time of the year.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is there are near normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
Oak Creek, Arizona
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:
Take advantage of the cold weather and order Perfect Flies. We are changing the fly
Tips for Beginners:
You catch trout by imitating the food they eat with a fly. Doesn't it make sense that
you should first learn all you can about what trout eat?
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Just a comment, not a tip. I'm sure you know that if the weather forecast is correct,
unless you enjoy hiking in the cold weather, you shouldn't plan on fishing in the park
Whatever Hits Me:
I actually feel lousy about complaining about the weather. We are just fine. There is
plenty of food in the house. The gas fireplace is burning downstairs. Two different
heat pumps are running, one for each floor of the house. I'm connected to the world
wide web, the TV's are working and coffee is in the pot. If it does snow, I have a 4
wheel drive Jeep in the driveway and Pigeon Forge will be getting rid of the snow on
all the roads in the city as fast as it falls anyway.
I'm siting here complaining about not being able to fish when many people are
actually in real danger from the current weather situation.
I should be praying for those that need help, not complaining about things we have
no control over. I'm going to do that right now. Have a good day.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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