Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/16/14
The radar showed it was still snowing over most of the high elevations in the park
when I first started to work this morning, but it is now only showing a spot or two of
falling snow. I'll bet the mountains will be very white this morning but I'll have to wait
another couple of hours to see them.
They missed to forecast for last night's low a little but I'm not complaining. It was
predicted to be 17 degrees and I think it only went down to 22.
According to this, the park rangers had their work cut out for them yesterday. I just
know that if the guy is really in the park, he is probably pretty cold.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It will be clear and cold today with a high of 41 in Gatlinburg, but that will soon
change. There is a 20 percent chance of snow tonight, with a low around 28.
Snow showers are likely on Friday, mainly after noon. The high will be near 37.
Chance of precipitation is 60% with new snow accumulation of less than a half inch
possible. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 581 cfs at 2.70 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 875 cfs at 2.37 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 193 cfs at 2.95 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 I looked at it yesterday and it
was still a little on the high side.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are still a little high.
Current Recommended Streams
You better check the road situation in the park prior to traveling there to fish.
Otherwise, I suggest small streams but small streams that are in the low and middle
elevations, not the high elevation streams. Large, low elevations streams are still a
little high to safely wade but they can be fished if your careful.
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:
Fish the size 20 BWO nymph. You might change to a Winter Stonefly nymph but I
wouldn't recommend it until late in the day.
Tips for Beginners:
I don't recommend you try to fish today due to the weather conditions. You don't want
to learn things the hard way.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Either purchase or learn to tie Perfect Fly Mayfly Emergers, Duns and Spinners and
quit using obsolete, generic flies sold by fly shops. Our Perfect Flies are simi-realistic
imitations of the food wild trout see and eat every day. They look and act like the real
things. We are the only fly company in the World with imitations of all the important
aquatic insects in all stages of their life applicable to fly fishing.
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