Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/02/15
I'm continuing to post old pictures to bore you. Not many men are brave or stupid
(not sure which) enough to post a picture of their X wife, but she is the very good
mother of my two wonderful daughters, and as you can see, we taught them well,
continuing the Marsh family tradition. See the post for the last two days.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, you can expect rain, mainly after 1pm. The high in Gatlinburg will be near 47.
Calm wind will change to come from the south around 5 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 80%. Tonight, rain is likely, with a low around 42. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.
Saturday, you can expect more rain, mainly before 1pm. It will be cloudy with a high
near 56. South wind will be around 15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
The chance of precipitation is 70%. Saturday night's low will only be 54.The chance
of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday, showers are likely, mainly before 1pm. It will be cloudy with a high near 58.
West wind around will be about 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
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:
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Smoky Mountain Fishing:
Warm rain is a good thing. Too much warm rain is a bad thing. If anyone knows exactly
how much we will be getting, be advised your waisting your time reading this because I
sure don't know. We will just have to wait and see.
The last time we had similar conditions, it turned out to be a good thing. The fish were
active, and the water levels were only high enough to help anglers fool the trout.
Saturday's night's low of 54 tells me that we can expect water temperatures in the
streams of the lower elevations to range from the mid forties to as high as 50 degrees.
Go Johnny Go:
Have you heard the latest news from Bass Pro Shop? They are building a new Pyramid
in Memphis, Tennessee, that's set to open in the spring of this year. It is planned to be
one of the most dynamic retail experiences in the world, certainly the largest sporting
good store in the world. In addition to vast assortments of outdoor gear, the new mega
store will include a grand hotel, 600,000 gallons of water features; a cypress swamp with
100-foot-tall trees; an interactive National Waterfowling Heritage Center by Ducks
Unlimited; and a breathtaking glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of
the 32-story steel pyramid. A 400,000 square foot building with a floor the size of a city
block, a cat fish bar that seats 300 people connected to the two observations decks. All
I can say, is "go Johnny go".