Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/05/14
Well, well, well - the story of the three holes in the ground. It is going to rain tonight
and tomorrow. That's for certain, but how much? The mountain weather forecast at
the Chimney tops, but at the 1600 foot level, shows it will rain about 0.4 inches
tonight, 0.2 tomorrow morning, and 0.1 inches around noon. They predict none in the
afternoon. This is usually the most accurate forecast we can get for the mountains.
It totals about seven-tenths of an inch and would make the larger streams a little
too high to safely wade tomorrow. The higher elevation and middle elevation small
streams could be okay. I will put the precipitation map up for the park in the morning
and it will show which areas of the park received the most rain. Get your Perfect Fly
streamers out and ready. It will be a big fish day for those who try. I promise only one
thing for certain. If you sit on the couch, you won't catch Jack- well, on second
though, Jack may be your pet cat. His chances of catching a fish from your aquarium
will be better than yours from a stream in the Smokies. Hummmm! Angie could be
right. I may be nuts.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, there's a 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 1pm. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 63. South wind will be around 5 mph. Tonight's low will be 51.
Showers. Low around 51. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
Saturday, showers are likely. The will be near 60. South wind will be around 10 mph
becoming west in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
Sunday, will be partly sunny with a high near 49. Northeast wind will be from 5 to 10
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 153 cfs at 1.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 295 cfs at 1.50 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 63 cfs at 2.37 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: They are
in good shape.
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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