Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/03/14
I wrote the following in the fishing report day before yesterday:
Beyond the next two or three days, it doesn't look so good for the tailwaters anglers
chasing stocked trout. The lakes will probably rise enough that the discharges from
the TVA dams will be the next complaints heard across the South. My advise to those
guys is don't complain. Get in a boat and throw you arm off streamer fishing.
For those itching to fish the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park,
you better get it while the get'ins good. Next week, the streams will be rising enough
that wading will probably become the next problem. You better take advantage of
today and tomorrow's great weather.
It should be very clear this morning why I wrote that. What I anticipated and what was
weakly, meagerly forecast by the NWS is currently taking place. It is raining hard
enough that the trout won't die if they want to get out on the banks and look around.
For all practical purposes, fly fishing in the park is over for a while. At 5:00
AM this morning, Little River is at 1090 cfs and 3.48 right now and most of the water
that has fell is yet to get downstream. Worse, it will be a while before it stops raining.
Rain is forecast through Wednesday and even worse, more is forecast for this
I also predicted the rain would help raise the water temperature much faster and that
too is happening. Unfortunately, it doesn't much matter.
I hope what I am writing turns out to be bad wrong, but the situation doesn't look
good at all.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
More rain is on the way but mostly before 10am. Todays high will be near 49.
Tonight's low will be around 34. Tuesday, there is a chance of showers, then
showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 1pm. The high will be near 53. The
chance of precipitation is 90%. Tuesday night the showers will continue with a
possible thunderstorm. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Wednesday there is a 50
percent chance of showers with a high near 49.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 1090 cfs at 3.48 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1360 cfs at 2.91 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 630 cfs at 3.97 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 on its way to being
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they will all be blown out.
Current Recommended Streams
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:
Work on your fly fishing rods, reels, fly line and gear. Call Perfect Fly and order
whatever your out of, floatant, fly line cleaner, leaders, tippet, all types of
accessories, a new rod or reel and of course, flies.
Tips for Beginners:
Same as above strategy.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Same as above strategy.
Whatever Hits Me:
I wish I had a tin roof. I might could go back to sleep.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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