Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/26/14
If eating too much will kill you, you shouldn't expect to see another fly fishing report
from me. I am ashamed of me, myself and I.

We have another couple of days that should provide a great opportunity for anyone
wanting to fish the streams of the Smokies. You should be able to catch plenty of
trout. Today and Saturday should be just great. My guess is the streams will be high
and off color Sunday. You should still be able to fish them, but you will need to
change strategies.  

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, expect sunny skies with a high near 57. Calm wind will change to come out of
the northwest around 5 mph. Tonight's low will be around 33.

Saturday, there's a  20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. It will be partly sunny with a
high near 63. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming calm. Saturday night we
can expect rain, mainly after 7pm. The low will be around 44. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.

Sunday, expect rain with a high near 60. South wind around will be around 5 mph
becoming west in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

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

Little River: Rate 383 cfs at 2.37 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 109 cfs at 2.60 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. My guess is back near normal
levels.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. No reports

Current Recommended Streams: Any low elevation stream

Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

3. Cream Midges: 20/22
larva
pupa
adults

4. Winter Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
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. Winter stoneflies should begin crawling
out of the water to hatch within the next few days.

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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