Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/15/14
I noticed Little River actually rose just a little yesterday afternoon and during the
night. Since it hasn't rained, that has to be from melting snow and that means the
water probably didn't get as warm as it normally would have.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today will be sunny, with a high near 66 and a low tonight of about 46. Showers are
likely Sunday, with a high near 55. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
NWS Forecast

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:

Little River: Rate 201 cfs at 1.83 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 377 cfs at 1.72 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 93 cfs at 2.55 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It is a little on the low side.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are a little low.

Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams in the lower elevations where trout exist.

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
Brown Sculpin
White Belly Sculpin

3. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14

Blue Quills: 18

Quill Gordons: 12/14
emerging duns (wet fly)

Little Black Caddis: 18

Recommended Fishing Strategy:
There are no changes in my recommendations. There's a chance you could see
some Little Brown stoneflies laying eggs this afternoon. It is also possible to see
some Blue Quills and maybe even a Quill Gordon hatching in the lower elevations. I
would fish the BWO or Blue Quill 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 insect. The water temperature is going to in the mid to high forties
again today and could reach 50 is a few areas. There is a good chance the Blue
Quills will hatch in the low elevations. They are usually a little ahead of the Quill
Gordons and are more plentiful, but not as easy to imitate. They are a size 18 mayfly.
They hatch is the slower moving side of the current seams, usually in the shallower
pockets and edges of the fast water.

I would still avoid the fast water and fish the slow side of the current seams, pockets
and pools where there is less current. If you see any Little Brown stoneflies laying
eggs, switch to the adult pattern. 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. If you do spot a Quill Gordon, you should try the Emerging Quill
Gordon Dun (wet fly) or Quill Gordon nymph in that same area.

Tips for Beginners:
Quill Gordons range from a hook size 12 to 14, depending on the gender, not 10's
like some fly shop salesmen will tell you. Blue Quills average around a hook size 18,
with the males slightly smaller and the females slightly larger, not 16 as some fly shop
salesmen will tell you.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
The Blue Quills seem to be in full swing in spite of the recent drop in water
temperature. Hatch wise, Quill Gordons could gain a little elevation today.

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