Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/24/14
It is so warm outside right now (63 degrees), it seems more like a early May morning.
BUT, there is snow in the forecast for Wednesday. If I were planning on fishing in the
park today, I would wear a motorcycle helmet. The "gust up to 40 mph" forecast is for
Gatlinburg. At Elkmont, just for example, there could be 50 mph gust. Some websites
are predicting as much as 60 mph gust.

I cannot decide if I should shoot a wild turkey in my private green field across the
road from off the front porch, or purchase one at Kroger. On second thought, the
only gun I have left in the house is a 300 Winchester Magnum and I could miss the
turkey's little head. In case you think I'm kidding, you're right, I am - not about the gun
- about shooting a turkey. They are too enjoyable to watch and too pretty to kill.  

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers before 4pm. It will be partly sunny
with a high near 67. It will be breezy, with a west wind blowing at 20 to 25 mph, with
gusts as high as 40 mph. Tonight's low will be around 34.

Tuesday, will be partly sunny with a high near 53. West wind will be around 5 mph
becoming northwest in the afternoon.

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

Little River: Rate 340 cfs at 2.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 656 cfs at 2.12 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 too high to wade
yesterday afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I think the
stream are currently high but my guess is they are barely wadable now, but falling.

Current Recommended Streams: I would fish the lower elevation streams

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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