Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 04/28/14
The big news is the weather, so I'll get right to it. Right now it appears we are going to
have some high water levels for a while but just how high, i don't think anyone
(including the weather guys) know.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. It will be cloudy with a
high near 77. South winds will be around 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
The chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight Showers and thunderstorms are likely,
mainly after 3am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The low will be
around 62. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 3pm. Some of these
storms could produce heavy rainfall. The high will be near 77. Southwest winds will
be between 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is
100%. Tuesday night, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 9pm and
3am, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm after 3am. The low will be around
60. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
Wednesday's forecast calls for showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The high will
be near 73. Southwest winds will be about 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is
90%. Showers are likely Wednesday night and possibly a thunderstorm before 9pm,
then a slight chance of showers. The low will be around 51. 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 214 cfs at .1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 476 cfs at 1.83 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 98 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 but It is a little low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are also a little below normal.
Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams in the lower to middle elevations.
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 16/20
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. Light Cahills:
Hook Size 16/14
4. American March Browns: 10/12
5. Giant Black StoneflIies: 4/6
6. Green Sedge (Caddisfly):
Hook Size 14/16
larvae (Green Rock Worms)
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
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 of success. 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.
Until I spotted something hatching, I would fish the BWO nymph. Right now you have
two completely different size BWOs hatching, one a size 20 and another closer to a
size 16. The only time I would change from the nymphs just mentioned is when and if
I saw something hatching, and then I would go to the appropriate emerger or
dun/adult imitation of that insect.
American March Browns are hatching but they are always sporadic hatches that are
difficult to predict in terms of the time of day. They will hatch off and on over a long
period of time, for the next couple of months. If you see any duns emerging, change
to an American March Brown emerger or dun. That also means there will be a
spinner fall late in the day near dark and that always concentrates them. You can
catch several trout very fast if you catch that right.
Giant Black stoneflies are also likely to hatch but the hatch occurs near or after dark.
Fishing the Giant Black stonefly nymph near the banks very late in the day should be
very effective. If you see any Giant Black stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the adult
Green Sedges should start to hatch in the lower elevation first, and then progress
upstream as the days go by. The do not hatch in big numbers but where they hatch,
trout will focus on eating them because they hatch at a time of day that is different
from other hatching insects at this time of the year. It usually occurs later in the day
near the same time the previously hatched adults are depositing their eggs. You
should concentrate far more on fishing the Green Rock Worm or larva stage of life of
the Green Sedge.
Tips for Beginners:
Beware of the thunderstorms and associated high winds. You don't want a tree limb
falling on top of you head.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Sharpen the hooks on your streamers
Whatever Hits Me:
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