Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/16/14
We will see a big change in the weather during the coming week. It will take at least a
couple more days for the snow to melt in the higher elevations and by the end of the
week we may see a substantial increase in the water temperature. The water has
averaged a colder than normal temperature this winter and you shouldn't be
expecting bugs to start flying out of the water like jets at the Atlanta Airport just yet;
however, conditions will certainly improve for that to happen in the near future.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
There is a slight chance of snow before 11am today, then a slight chance of rain
between 11am and 1pm. It will be mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Tonight's low will
be around 26. There's a slight chance of rain on Washington's Birthday. It will be
partially sunny, with a high near 52. Showers are likely Monday night with a low
around 37. The chance of precipitation is 60%. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 311 cfs at 2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 565 cfs at 1.95 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 135 cfs at 2.71 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. Yesterday it looked like it was
flowing at a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
they are very near normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
Abrams Creek would still be my first choice on the Tennessee side of the park. Lower
Deep Creek, Straight Fork Creek and other low elevation streams would be the best
bet for the North Carolina side.
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:
No change from yesterday. 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. I am still expecting to see some Little Brown stoneflies on the
banks and roads soon. I haven't but neither have I been in the park the past few
Tips for Beginners:
Viewing our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park DVD", a 4 hour, 2
DVD disc, instructional presentation will teach you more about fly fishing the park
than any one thing you can do or purchase.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
I'm putting the final touches on a new Perfect Fly "Hi-Stick" fly rod that will make you
want to put the one you've been using for high sticking on Ebay.
Whatever Hits Me:
On top of all the bad weather news I've been hearing from Perfect Fly customers,
Jerry from South Carolina called yesterday and mentioned he got a 4.1 earthquake
for Valentine's Day.
If you were fishing the Chattooga River on Valentines Day and didn't catch anything,
there's you a perfect excuse. It is bound to have scarred the trout.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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