Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/26/14
Businesses that are primarily web-based business, rely mostly on one thing - being
discovered on a search engine. I mean, unless you can run an ad in every
newspaper, magazine or billboard in the World, you rely on people discovering
you on www, the World Wide Web. There are a few other ways you can be
discovered, but by far, you rely on one thing - being discovered by search engines.
That being the case, unless someone knows you (your company) well enough to
know your website address by memory, have it bookmarked, or otherwise recorded,
you don't exist.
Most all companies that are discovered on the web are discovered by people
entering keywords or keyword phrases in search engines, and although there are
several search engines, by far the largest one is Google. The bottom line is, that
unless you can be found on the Google search engine, with the most important
keywords that relate to what your company does or sells, you don't have much of a
To be discovered on Google via important keywords, you must outrank your
competitors and that doesn't mean the people down the street, it means everyone in
the World that particular keyword or keyword phrase is important to. To be perfectly
blunt, in the case of fishing flies and fly fishing gear and equipment, our Perfect Fly
company competes directly with Orvis, Bass Pro, Cabelas, etc. We also compete with
every mom and pop fly shop in the World.
Naturally, the keywords "fly fishing", would be important if fly fishing was your
business. Naturally, it would be difficult to compete with companies that have been on
the web for a few years that focus on being found by someone entering
"fly fishing" on a web search engine. Every single fly manufacturer and fly shop in the
world would like that.
There are over a hundred factors Google uses in determining the ranking of website
pages. There are thousand of people or companies that specialize in "Search Engine
Optimization" - people that do just that one thing - help companies get good ranking
on important keywords. I have two part time employees I use for that one thing for
our Perfect Fly website. I hired them this past summer to help me cope with the new
By the way, just so you know, I don't sit at a desk and tie flies for Perfect Fly, since
this past May, we have had 27 full time people, mostly ladies, tying flies for us and
only us. We intend to keep them going through the winter to try to get ahead for this
coming season. Our business almost doubled last year and I can't imagine that
happening again this coming year.
Back to the point of this rambling, in the case of this website, you can enter just
about any important keyword or keyword phrase relating to fishing in the Great
Smoky Mountains National Park and we show up. We usually show up at the top of
the list ranking number one. The same thing is true of our Yellowstone Park website.
We are usually in the top two or three for the most important keywords. Of course,
there are thousands of keyword phrases that can be of some importance.
This morning, by error, I entered "fly fishing for trout" in the Google search engine. I
meant to add a specific stream to that but failed to do so. Shockingly, this website's
home page, "fly fishing the great Smoky Mountains National Park" showed up ranked
number 4, or near the top of the list. I have no earthly idea why it does. "Fly fishing
for trout" is a very important keyword phrase used about as much as any of the most
important ones. "Fly fishing" would slightly out rank it, but that's about the only one.
Looking at the others, ranked number one for "fly fishing for trout", is a 33 minute
long youtube video. I know why that's the case, even though I consider it almost
worthless. It shows up number one for one reason only. Google owns youtube and
they made youtube an important factor in keyword ranking.
Number two, is an article -"Fly fishing for trout", in Fly Fisherman magazine's website.
That does make sense.
Number three is "fly fishing the Kern River". After reading the website page, seeing
the Google + pages (a social media site also owned by Google) with similar keyword
phrases, and youtube videos, I can see how that happened. Google changed the
way keywords are ranked for one reason, and that was to help Google make
more money. I could care less about all the other reasons they give for the stupid
changes they made that in essence, make their search engine far less valuable.
Somehow, purely by accident for sure, "fly fishing Great Smoky Mountains National
Park" shows up number 4 for the keyword phrase "fly fishing for trout". I will gladly
accept that but I am also going nuts trying to figure out why. I don't think I have
to convince you. What I have just written above should prove that.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, rain is likely, mainly before 1pm. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 45.
Calm wind will come out of the west around 5 mph in the morning. The chance of
precipitation is 60%.
Tonight, there is a chance of rain before 11pm, then a chance of rain and snow
between 11pm and 4am, then a chance of snow after 4am. The low will be around
31. The chance of precipitation is 50%.
Thanksgiving Day, there is a chance of snow before 9am, then a chance of rain and
snow between 9am and 11am, then a chance of rain after 11am. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 41. West wind will be around 10 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 50%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 217 cfs at 1.94 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 382 cfs at 1.68 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 76 cfs at 2.44 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 decent shape
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I think the
stream are probably in decent shape to wade.
Current Recommended Streams: I would fish the lower elevation streams
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18/16
2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
3. Cream Midges: 20/22
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, 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.
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