Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/01/14
In Einstein's theory of relativity, time dilation is an actual difference of elapsed time
between two events as measured by observers either moving relative to each other
or differently situated from gravitational masses. I get what he was trying to prove,
but it's too bad he didn't have the opportunity to consult with me in my later years in
life. You see, I know for a fact, time isn't close to being constant. Today is my
birthday and I can assure you of one thing. It got here a lot sooner than it did last
year, and a heck of a lot sooner than my 16th birthday. I had to wait on getting my
drivers license forever, and now it seems I have to renew them about every 6
months. Well, anyway, I hope you understand, James Marsh's theory of relativity
is based on "the times, they are a changing". When I cast a fly about 75 yards,
and I see it hit the water with my own two eyes, it actually hit the water a few seconds
sooner than that due to the speed of light slowing down.
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Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 57. Tonight's low will be 38. Sunday's high will
reach near 64 degrees. There will be some strong wind gusts tomorrow, as a new
front approaches. Showers are likely Sunday night and for sure early Monday.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 295 cfs at 2.10 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 512 cfs at 1.96 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 135 cfs at 2.73 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 where trout exist in the lower elevations.
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:
The only changes from yesterday's recommendations is there's probably a slight
chance you could see some Little Brown stoneflies laying eggs this afternoon. It is
also possible to see some Blue Quills hatching in the very lowest elevations trout
exist. I would fish the BWO nymph until about 3:00 PM and then switch to a Little
Brown 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 emerger or dun
imitation of that. The water is still going to be relatively cold but could warm to as high
as 50 degrees in some places by the late afternoon. 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,or Winter stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the adult pattern of it. You
will likely see some very small black caddis. I suggest you ignore them. They crawl
out of the water to hatch and we have always been unable to catch trout trying to
imitate them. Although it is probably possible, I think the BWO nymphs, or even the
Blue Quill nymphs which are out and about are far better options.
Tips for Beginners:
Use the nymphs mentioned above fished under a strike indicator.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
High sticking would still be a good method of fishing today. Certainly, I would stick
with nymphs until I saw evidence of trout feeding on the surface..
Whatever Hits Me:
I mentioned two days ago, when I wrote about the early spring hatches, that I would
go over how I would fish the Quill Gordon hatch under two different weather and
water temperature sceneries. I will be doing that on Monday and the reason is about
200 to 300 more people read this report in the early part of the week than on Friday,
which usually has the lowest number. Right now the daily traffic on this page is
ranging from 450 to 750 per day. It will increase as the weather gets warmer and
more anglers begin to fish the Smokies.
We have several good customers that will be fishing the park today. Good luck to you
guys and let me hear from you. I'll be celebrating my birthday with my beautiful wife,
and child dog, Ms. Biddie.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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