Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 02/19/15
"When the storm cloud get the darkest, the sun is going to shine", by Me.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
As usual on Thursday, I will provide the weather outlook through the coming
weekend, but unless you're into ice fishing, I wouldn't plan on fishing the streams of
the Smokies anytime soon.
Today, there is a slight chance of snow showers before 7am, then a chance for
flurries before ending. It will be partly sunny and cold with a high near 12.
Tonight's low will be around 1.
Friday, snow is likely after 1pm. with Increasing clouds and a high near 29. Wind chill
values will be between -3 and 7. Northeast wind will be around 5 mph becoming west
in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of less
than a half inch is possible. Friday night expect more snow, freezing rain, and sleet
before 4am, then freezing rain and sleet. The low around 22. The chance of
precipitation is 90%. New ice accumulation of less than a 0.1 of an inch is possible.
New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches is possible.
Saturday, more freezing rain and sleet before 10am, then rain or freezing rain
between 10am and 1pm, then rain after 1pm. The high will be near 44. South wind
will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
Sunday, rain is likely. It will be cloudy, with a high near 49. The chance of
precipitation is 70%.
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 303 cfs at 1.98 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 337 cfs at 1.60 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 1xxx cfs (ice) at 2.49 ft (good wading conditions up to
125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. We couldn't leave home
yesterday. Probably near normal.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Probably
are a little higher than normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams: None
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
5. Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
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 and Little Brown stoneflies will start very soon, if not already.
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, Winter stoneflies
or small Blue-winged Olives. Switch to the adult Cream Midge, if it is midges
hatching, Winter stonefly, or the BWO Dun or emerger, if it is the BWOs.
Tips for Beginners:
Learn to imitate the most plentiful and available insects and other foods at the time
you are fishing, or continue to use trial and error methods and forever be a mediocre
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Whatever Hits Me:
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