Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/21/14
I am getting bored and tired of reporting the same old lousy weather conditions for
the Smokies but as long as I have from 600 to 900 people reading this report each
day, I will continue to do it. I have this website for the fun and enjoyment of helping
out those who love fishing the Smokies and enjoy meeting its continuous challenges
but it hasn't been much fun lately. Many so-called anglers think everything is up to
the trout and the environmental conditions they exist in and they are only puppets
that cast flies and hope the trout are "biting". I don't like waisting my time with that
type of guy but I don't think many of them who visit the site return very often.
I want to call them mediocre anglers but they really don't measure up to that name. If
you are one of those anglers who think everything is up to the trout, not your
knowledge, skills and efforts, may I suggest a trout pond. Fish it at the same time
they are feeding the trout and use a pellet fly.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
There is a chance of rain before noon today, then it will snow. Temperatures will be
falling to around 27 this afternoon with a southwest wind of 10 to 20 mph. Winds
could gust as high as 30 mph and believe you me, they will. They did that all day long
yesterday and made it miserable to be outside. The chance of precipitation is 80%.
The total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch is possible.
Tonight Snow showers are likely, mainly before 7pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with a
low around 10. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less
than a half inch is possible. Wednesday, we will have great weather. It will be sunny
with a high near 28. Have you tried ice fishing the Smokies? NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 344 cfs at 2.22 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 735 cfs at 2.19 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 128 cfs at 2.04 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 it is back near normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are about normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
I recommend Abrams Creek. The water will be slightly warmer. You may try the larger
streams in the lower elevations where trout exist.
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. High stick or otherwise, keep the fly on
the bottom out of the current.
If you fish Abrams, fish just downstream from the Abrams Fall trailhead. The farther
you travel downstream, the lower the water temperature will be.
You can fish the upper spring creek section above the little walk bridge but you
better stay well hidden. It is best to stay back away from the banks and stay in a
keeled down position. You might try hiding behind some of the big trees if they are in
the right position for you to hide. Usually, the trout run off and hide before you can
get into position to see them. It isn't easy fishing, but it is fun and you can catch them
if you work hard at it. Fish it from the Abrams Fall trailhead bridge upstream as far as
a few hundred yards above the bridge at the loop road.
Tips for Beginners:
Use a strike indicator but keep the nymph near the bottom.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
I'm sure you know it should be a good day for stalking larger trout. The water is very
clear and you won't freeze to death, unless you fall in
Whatever Hits Me - The fact that I have to go to Knoxville this morning.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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