Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/11/15
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Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, we have a 20 percent chance of rain after 1pm. We will have increasing
clouds with a high near 48. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming calm later in
the morning. Tonight, we can expect rain, mainly after 10pm. The low will around 37.
By the way, it is currently 19 degrees. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
Monday, will can expect more rain with a high near 47. South wind of around 5 mph
will become calm in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 80%.Monday night
more rain is likely, mainly before 1am. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
to links to see updates:
Little River: Rate 284 cfs at ?????..26 ft.(I think ice is affecting it at this time)
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 458 cfs at 1.82 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 146 cfs at 2.75 ft (This gauge is also messed up due to
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It is near normal.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess
is they are near normal but I have no reports.
Current Recommended Streams: Abrams Creek up until it rain a lot. Rain
runoff kills the slightly warmer water from the springs in the upper part of Abrams but
for now it is your best shot at catching trout.
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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