Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/22/14
It will be nice and warm compared to what we have been experiencing during most of
this month. I'm sure many anglers will start fishing like it is April or May but you
shouldn't. The streams are too high to safely wade today. You might find a small
stream you can possibly wade this afternoon but I would chose one at a low
elevation. Tomorrow, should offer much better opportunities.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today in Gatlinburg, it will be sunny, with a high near 63. Tonight's low will be 38
degrees. Sunday will be partly sunny, with a high near 63. There's a slight chance of
showers Sunday night with a low of 35. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 916 cfs at 3.24 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1030 cfs at 2.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 264 cfs at 3.14 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. I'm sure it is flowing very high.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they will be flowing very high.
Current Recommended Streams
Any of the small, lower elevation streams or, if you fish from the banks, the larger,
lower elevation streams.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 18
nymphs (this would be the main fly)
2. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 6
White Belly Sculpin
3. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16
4. Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
5. Blue Quills: 18
6. Quill Gordons: 12/14
emerging duns (wet fly)
8. Little Black Caddis: 18
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
As mentioned above, all but the smallest streams are too high to safely wade today.
Some of the smallest ones may be okay to wade by this afternoon if caution is used.
If you fish the smaller ones, 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. If you see any Little Brown stoneflies, fish the
nymph late this afternoon. If you see any Little Brown or Winter adult stoneflies laying
eggs, switch to the adult pattern of the stonefly.
Tips for Beginners:
Stay out of the water today.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Same as yesterday. If you try to wade, be careful. No one is every to much of an
expert to be given that advice.
Whatever Hits Me:
The last few warmer days much of the nation has been experiencing has lit our 800
lines up at Perfect Fly and put everyone to work filling fly and fly fishing gear orders.
I hope I can sneak out again today.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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