Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/18/14
About the only thing you have a good chance of catching fishing in the park today, is
pneumonia. Well, not as good of a chance as I had yesterday, visiting the doctor's
office for a routine checkup. I don't recommend you fish today. The ice isn't thick
enough to support your weight and you may fall through it.  

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, at Gatlinburg, they are having occasional snow flurries. It will be mostly
cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 29. West wind will be
around 10 mph.
Tonight's low will be around 16.

Wednesday, will be sunny with a high near 42. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 15
mph, with gusts as high as 20 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 440 cfs at 2.49 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 705 cfs at 2.19 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 was high and off color
yesterday.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: According
to the precipitation map, the streams have to be high.

Current Recommended Streams:
None, I wouldn't fish today - that is, unless I wanted to

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:
Don't fish in the park today

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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