Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/07/14
I have a very busy schedule today. The weather forecast for the weekend looks
great. I don't think there will be any significant accumulation of snow or much rain.
There could be some road closings tomorrow, so check that.
If you use the right strategy and flies, you should be able to catch plenty of trout. The
water should be in the high thirties to low forties in the lower elevations. Honestly,
most guys don't have a clue as to how to fish cold water. They tend to fish the same
way as they do when the water is much warmer. An even bigger problem is they just
simply don't try. In a nutshell, the key is to keep the fly out of the current in slow
moving, deeper water. Once you catch one, you can probably catch more in the
same area, so don't move on up the stream like it is April.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 42. There is a 50% chance of snow tonight
with a low around 29. There is a 40% chance of rain and snow for Saturday, mostly
rain after lunch. The high will be 46.
Sunday should be mostly cloudy with a high near 46.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 598 cfs at 2.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 958 cfs at 2.47 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 250 cfs at 3.10 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. My guess it is still a little high.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
it is still a little too high to safely wade.
Current Recommended Streams
Small, lower to middle elevation streams may allow you a chance to wade. Cosby
Creek, Indian Camp Creek, lower Roaring Fork, West Prong of Little River, and
Laurel Creek in Tennessee. Flat Creek, Bunches, Twenty Mile, and Straight Fork in
Cherokee come to mind.
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:
I would fish the BWO nymph until about 3:00 PM and then switch to a Little Winter
stonefly nymph. The only time I would change that strategy is when and if I saw
something hatching and then I would go to the appropriate imitation of that. Fish the
slow side of any current seams, pockets and pools where there is little to no current.
Tips for Beginners:
Unless someone is with you that could render assistance, I suggest you stay out of
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
If you still use trial and error methods of selecting flies, you don't need to be reading
this section. You still have a lot to learn. A refresher course on math probability
would be a good start.
Whatever Hits Me:
I've got to get on to other work
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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