Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/28/14
Sorry for the missing report yesterday. We are undergoing some major website
changes that ended up taking far longer than I anticipated. I have three different
people working on our websites and found it difficult to get things moving as fast as I
would have normally done things myself. Website optimization is taking much longer
than it did a year or so ago, due to major changes Google made. The work I have
part time guys working on is supposed to be done at late night hours. When I sat
down yesterday morning to do my normal report for this site, it was still being worked
on. After the chewing they got, I don't think that will happen again.
Usually, things slow down some from Christmas day to New Years day, but so far that
hasn't happened this year. The past two days have been unreal. We received
several huge fly orders and it continued through last night. I haven't quite figured that
out yet. They were pretty well uniformly distributed from different sections of the
country, so I don't think it has anything to do with the weather.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, you can expect rain with a high near 53. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming calm in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 100%. Tonight,
expect more showers and a low around 41. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
Monday, there's a a 30 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy with a high
near 55. Calm wind will change to come from the north around 5 mph.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 287 cfs at 2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 494 cfs at 1.88 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 93 cfs at 2.53 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It looked very near normal
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. A customer
reported it is back near normal.
Current Recommended Streams: Any lower to middle elevation stream
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18
2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
3. Cream Midges: 20/22
4. Winter Stoneflies: 16/18
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. 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:
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Whatever Hits Me:
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