Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 12/31/13
Angie and I want to wish everyone a happy new year and thank all of you for visiting
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I will not be publishing an article for tomorrow. Again, we thank all of you.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It is going to be a little chilly today and tonight, but the weather forecast for New
Years Day looks great. It is showing a high of 52 degrees for Gatlinburg for
tomorrow. It will probably be raining again when I publish the Thursday's report.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 610 cfs at 2.92 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1030 cfs at 2.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 231 cfs at 3.07 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 cfs, and with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but looking at it yesterday
afternoon in Pigeon Forge, I'm sure it is still a little high in the park.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are probably still a little high but getting near a good wading level.
Current Recommended Streams
Due to the low water temperature, I suggest fishing only in the lower elevations. Yes,
the larger streams are still a little high but you can wade them in some areas,
provided you use caution.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20
nymphs (this would be the main fly)
2. Midges: Cream
Hook Size 20/22
3. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 6
White Belly Sculpin
4. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
If you fish the larger streams, in low light conditions, fish streamers like our Perfect
Fly Brown Sculpin. Otherwise, fish the BWO nymph in the deeper holes out of the
Tips for Beginners:
Wading today will be dangerous. The current is still very strong in most places. If you
attempt to wade, don't wade in water over knee deep and for sure, don't slip and fall
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Same as yesterday, except you may be able to high stick some areas. Keep your fly
(very small nymph, preferably a BWO size 20 (or larvae if fishing midges) out of any
current either down in holes on the bottom or pockets with deep water. The trout will
not be holding in current.
Whatever Hits Me - My New Year's Resolution
Not to make a new year's resolution
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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