Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/17/14
We took the past couple of days off but I'm back in high gear this morning. It is
raining big time in Pigeon Forge this morning and from the looks of the radar, there's
plenty more to come. By the way, Tuesday's forecast calls for a high of 30 degrees in
Gatlinburg and that's from a Monday night low of 20. That's bad news for old bones.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, we can expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then
showers again. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The temperature
will go up to near 48 by 9am, then fall to around 41 during the remainder of the day.
It will be breezy with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west 5 to 10 mph later in
the morning. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is
100%.

Tonight, there's a chance of rain showers before 9pm, then a slight chance of snow
showers. The low will be around 20.

Tuesday, there's a 20 percent chance of snow showers before 8am. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 30. West wind will be around 10 mph.

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
These will be changing all day today
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:

Little River: Rate 189 cfs at 1.85 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 322 cfs at 1.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 43 cfs at 2.24 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 was in good shape.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: The
streams were in good shape

Current Recommended Streams:
I recommend you fish the lower elevations. The brown trout are spawning, so please
leave them alone so they can raise some children for us to play with. Avoid wading
through their redds.

Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

3. Cream Midges: 20/22
larva
pupa
adults

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.
Strategy:
Until I spotted something hatching, assuming I was fishing a low to mid elevation
stream, I would fish a size 18 Blue-winged Olive nymph. Many of the species of
mayflies called Blue-winged Olives are bi-brooded, meaning they hatch twice a year.
They are swimming nymphs that dart around in short spurts and hide wherever they
can. They don't stay wedged up under the rocks like most of the other mayfly
nymphs, the majority of which are clingers.

If the water is below 43 degrees, I would switch to a Cream Midge larva and Cream
Midge Pupa tandem rig, with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa above it.

If you spot something hatching, it will most likely be Cream Midges or small
Blue-winged Olives. Switch to the adult Cream Midge, if it is midges hatching, or the
BWO Dun or emerger, if  it is the BWOs.

Tips for Beginners:
Be careful wading and don't step on water covered with leaves where you cannot see
the bottom, don't wade through redds at the lower end of the pools where brown trout
are spawning and don't fall in. You could get familiar with hypothermia.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you for visiting our site. James Marsh, Pending CFO
(Chief Fishing Officer) Perfect Fly
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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