Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/17/15
Today looks like a great day to go fly fishing in the park. Check out the weather
report below - no, not the pictures, the Smoky Mountain weather below the pictures..
If you think it isn't a good day to go fishing, you should have made some fly fishing
trips with Angie and I. On our way to fish Gore Creek in Colorado, we were a little
surprised when we opened the door to our motel room.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, will be sunny with a high near 56. South wind will be around 5 mph. Tonight's
low will be around 34.
Sunday, there is a slight chance of showers between 8am and 2pm. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 50. South wind will be from 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the
afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
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 234 cfs at 1.99 ft..
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 392 cfs at 1.71 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 87cfs at 2.50 ft (This gauge is also messed up due to ice)
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It was about normal yesterday
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess
is they are about normal but I still have no reports.
Current Recommended Streams: Any of the lower elevation streams with 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:
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It wasn't that bad the day before. There was only a little snow on the ground at 10,424 feet
elevation at the Tennessee Pass. No, there isn't a continental divide in Tennessee, and it isn't
one of the passes from Tennessee to North Carolina. It is the Tennessee Pass in Colorado.
I told her to be careful and not to step into snow that was over her head. She minded me and is
still here to cook my breakfast this morning. We had a tough time getting to any water (liquid)
the first day. It was late April. We did catch trout the second day at a lower elevation with only
two feet of snow on the ground.
Wait until you see tomorrow's report from Derek Porter. Remember the coldest streak
of weather we have had so far this year in the Smokies? Derek and some of his
friends decided they would go camping in the backcountry. The National Park people
that issue the permits, tried their best to talk them out of going. He reminded them
that this is a free country. I'm joking. I'm actually thankful the park people paid that
much attention to the general safety of the public. Be sure and check out tomorrow's
frozen fishing report.