Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/06/14
According the National Weather Service Precipitation map, so far, it looks like there
has been from a half inch to 3/4 of an inch of rain in the park. Most of it is showing
around a half inch. It will be a while before the USGS stations located outside the
park show much of an increase in flows. That's just enough to put some stain in the
water. Looking at the current radar at 8:30 this morning, it looks like we are a little
lucky so far. We have been in a hole between eastward moving heavy rain for the
past three or four hours. There is heavy rain that may hit the Sevierville area and
north end of the park soon and some well south of the park but for now, it doesn't
look bad at all. In fact, the conditions look good for catching some large trout on
streamers.

If your from out of town and going to fish today, you're most likely already here. If you
live nearby and I were you, I would be headed to the park. Things can change of
course, and I'm sure we will get some more showers, but conditions look good as of
now.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, expect some more showers and a high near 62. Southwest wind will be
around 10 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 38.

Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Northeast wind will range from 5 to
10 mph.


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

Little River: Rate 165 cfs at 1.77 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 356 cfs at 1.63 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 good shape
yesterday afternoon.

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
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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