Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/08/14
The thermometer at LeConte Lodge registered -17 degrees Monday night. No, that
wasn't a wild chill reading. Although the air temperature in Gatlinburg may reach two
or three degrees above freezing today, the water temperature will still be in the low to
mid thirties even in the low elevations. It will be warming up later this week but don't
forget that the melting snow in the higher elevations of the park will tend to hold the
water temps down some.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It is ten degrees in Pigeon Forge right now and I think it will drop a little lower before
daylight this morning. The good news is, it will reach 35 degrees today or back above
freezing. It will be clear and sunny. There is a warming trend for the rest of the week
and temperatures may reach as high as 61 by Saturday. Of course, that will also
create some rain but all things considered, I'll looking forward to it. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 383 cfs at 2.48 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 698 cfs at 2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 227 cfs at 3.06 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 from looking at it yesterday, it
is still probably running just a little high
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are from about normal levels to slightly higher than normal.
Current Recommended Streams
Give it a shot if you want to but I'm not recommending fishing because of safety
concerns. Slipping or falling in the water could bring about some very serious
problems. If you go, fish the lowest elevations that hold trout. The best choice would
be the upper part of Abrams Creek.
Recommended Trout Flies: (for when you can fish)
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:
Fish the size 20 BWO nymph keeping it in holes on the bottom, deep pools or
pockets. You might change to a Winter Stonefly nymph but I wouldn't recommend it
until late in the day.
Tips for Beginners:
Again, If you don't happen to already have them, this is what you need when you can
fish. If your just starting, I do not recommend fishing at all until the water and the
weather warms up some.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Although our Perfect Fly steelhead expert Chris Tobias wrote this article for the
Perfect Fly Fishing Journal for Winter Steelhead fishing, it would apply very well to
any cold water situation.
Whatever Hits Me - The amount of work I have to do today.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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