Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/01/15
I hope no one took me seriously yesterday, when I wrote "I hate new years" under the
thirty-four year old picture I posted of me holding a big catfish. I am very glad and
thankful to our Lord each day that I awake to enjoy another day. I caught that
big catfish (see yesterday's report) on a spinner bait fishing for bass on the lower
Alabama River just above the Mobile Delta. As mentioned, I had been fishing about
thirty years when that happened. It was my second year of producing a 52 weeks a
year fishing show, the first ever nationally syndicated TV show with 90 percent
saltwater species. I have been fishing for at least 64 years and I have loved every
minute of it. I have been one of a few that has been able to make a good living
teaching others to fish.
I have no idea what got me started fishing....well, here I go with more hyperbole. The
picture below may help explain. It is of my grandfather, Alton Marsh. As you can tell
from looking at the vehicles behind him, that it is a very old picture. I was probably
just a baby and maybe not even born. I don't know the date of it. I have several
pictures of him with fish (some with me) and many of my father, Cecil Marsh, with fish.
I even have dad on some of my saltwater videos that have been selling for many
years. I will post some of my father later this week.
Can anyone tell me the make and model of the cars?
We had another exceptional year of growth at our Perfect Fly company. The
business came with a couple percentage points of doubling again. The business
came from this website, our Yellowstone National Park website and our Perfect Fly
website from people like you. Angie and I want to thank each and every one of
you for that growth and success. I hope all of you who visit this site,
customers or not, have a Happy New Year. God bless every one of you.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 46. The wind will be about 5 mph.
Tonight's low will be around 37.
Friday, rain is likely, mainly after 1pm. It will be cloudy, with a high near 47. The wind
will be calm. The chance of precipitation is 60%. Friday night's low will be around 42,
The chance of precipitation is 80%.
Saturday, rain is likely. It will be cloudy with a high near 58. South wind will be from 10
to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
Saturday night's low will be around 48. The chance of precipitation is 80%.
Sunday, there's a 50 percent chance of showers. It will be cloudy, with a high near 56.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 254 cfs at 2.05 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 436 cfs at 1.78 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 89 cfs at 2.51 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. It is flowing
very near normal levels.
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:
Thank you for visiting our site. James Marsh, Pending CFO
(Chief Fishing Officer) Perfect Fly
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