Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/26/14
Spring may have sprung, but if so, it slipped and fell. The trout love it. They are cold
water species. Just because you have trouble catching them doesn't mean they are
not eating plenty. It is you and I that have a problem with the weather. The trout are
perfectly willing to play.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
I am going to quote the National Weather Service but I will add this improvement. You
see, I'm not afraid of my job
and I will tell you for a fact, it will rain this week.
Just ignore the 80% crap. It is going to rain. A look ahead:

Today, expect scattered snow flurries before 9am this morning but turning sunny with
a high near 41. Tonight's low should be about 29.

Thursday's high should be a warmer 59. It will be a little windy with gut to 20 mph.
Thursday night's low will be around 45 with a 60% chance of precipitation.

Showers are likely on Friday and possibly a thunderstorm between 9am and 3pm,
then showers after 3pm. The high will be near 61. The chance of precipitation is 80%
through Friday night.

Showers are likely on Saturday, mainly between 9am and 3pm. The high will be near
63. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
NWS Forecast

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

Little River: Rate 211 cfs at 1.86 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 430 cfs at 1.79 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 to middle elevations.

1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 18
nymphs (this would be the main fly)
emergers
duns
spinners

2. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 4/6/8
Black Matuka Sculpin
Olive Matuka Sculpin

3. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16
nymphs
adults

4.
Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

5.
Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

6.
Quill Gordons: 12/14
nymphs
emerging duns (wet fly)
duns
spinners

8.
Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
adults

Recommended Fishing Strategy: NO CHANGES
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds of
catching numbers of fish.
Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as many as if you
fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good techniques and the right
flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.
Strategy:
There's a chance you could see some Little Brown stoneflies laying eggs this
afternoon. It is also possible to see some Blue Quills, BWO and Quill Gordon
hatching. Until I spotted something hatching, With the Quill Gordon exception
mentioned below, I would fish the BWO or Blue Quill nymph. If I still hadn't witnessed
a hatch, about 3:00 PM, I would switch to a Little Brown stonefly nymph. In an area
where you  spotted Quill Gordons hatching the previous day, you should fish the
Quill Gordon nymph until they begin to hatch. The odds are good they will continue
to hatch and the clinger nymphs are out from underneath the rocks exposed.

The only time I would change from the nymph is when and if I saw something
hatching, and then I would go to the appropriate emerger or dun/adult imitation of
that insect. In the Quill Gordon case, if the hatch is taking place and the trout are not
feeding on the surface very much, use the Emerging Quill Gordon wet fly.

There is a good chance the Blue Quills, Quill Gordons, Little Black Caddis and
baetis
BWO's will hatch today. Any or all of them could hatch in the lower to middle
elevations. Little Brown stoneflies will likely hatch but the hatch occurs near or after
dark. Fishing the Little Brown stonefly nymph near the banks very late in the day
should be very effective. 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 are
about a size 20 to 22 and crawl out of the water to hatch and we have always been
unable to catch trout trying to imitate them. The Little Black Caddis
Brachycentrus
(American Grannoms) (size 18) hatch mid water like many mayflies. They don't crawl
out of the water. They fly off the water. Use an imitation of the pupa during the hatch,
and adults during egg laying.

Tips for Beginners:
The cooler weather isn't going to affect the trout at all. They will continue to eat
plenty, just don't expect much of it to happen on the surface.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Hi-stickin

Whatever Hits Me:
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