Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/28/14
I think this afternoon could be good for those who fish smart.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 49. There is a chance of rain tonight
between 1am and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. The low tonight will be
around 31. The chance of precipitation is 30%. On Saturday, there is a 30 percent
chance of snow before 7am with a high near 54. Saturday night's low will be around
37. Sunday's high should be near 63. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 319 cfs at 2.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 601 cfs at 2.00 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 146 cfs at 2.75 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. Late yesterday afternoon it
looked near a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they will be flowing near normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams in the lower elevations. Abrams Creek (upper part from just below
the foot bridge at the end of the parking lot in Cades Cove and upstream is still a
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:
No changes from yesterday's recommendations. 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 in the afternoon. If you see any Little Brown or Winter
adult stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the adult pattern of the stonefly.
Tips for Beginners:
Use the nymph above fished under a strike indicator.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
High sticking would still be my choice method of fishing today.
Whatever Hits Me:
Angie reminded me the steak for our anniversary dinner that I referred to yesterday,
was a filet mignon, not a rib eye. The comment is just to fill in the blanks, not that I
think anyone actually cares.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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