Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/19/14
It's a very cold morning in the Smokies. They are showing a temperature of 20 right
now and it will drop two or three more degrees. I am certain that anyone north of the
Smokies could care less. Compared to most of the nation, our weather is great. At
one point yesterday, 60% of the nation had snow on the ground. I heard another
report that 200 million people had snow on the ground. In some places where there
wasn't any snow, they had threats of tornadoes. I think there's only about 300 million
citizens in the U.S., but that doesn't include those that walked across the border
and/or sneaked in on a turnip green truck. I don't think anyone actually knows that
number, even to within a few hundred thousand.

After I read my report from yesterday, it hit me that it wasn't very smart on my part. I
stated that I wouldn't recommend fishing in the park because I didn't think the ice was
thick enough to support one's weight. There could have been some that actually took
that seriously. Below are some pictures I took of Little River last February, which
shows about as much ice as we ever get.























































































Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today will be sunny with a high near 40. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight's low will be around 27.

Thursday will be partly sunny with a high near 46. West wind will be around 10 mph

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

Little River: Rate 331cfs at 2.25 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 425 cfs at 1.76 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 68 cfs at 2.40 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 still high yesterday.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: According
to the precipitation map, the streams are probably wadable but 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:
None

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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Freezing around the shallow, slow water near the edges of the stream. The snow you see
is on top of ice.
Riffles almost freezing with slush ice
Snow on patches of ice in the slower water around exposed rocks