Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/25/14
As usual, I started this report by filling in the stream level data below, but doing so
this morning, made me look at the first one twice. The levels of all three streams with
nearby USGS stations showed increases in their levels. I know the temperature didn't
get above freezing all day yesterday in Pigeon Forge, and I don't think it did in
the park, so the increase in the water levels had to have come from melting snow. It
sure didn't come from rain. You will just have to excuse me, but I have been so
bored with this terrible weather, it doesn't take much of anything to excite
me. We're having a spring runoff in Tennessee.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
If you think the weather has been bad this year, look at the forecast for the first of
next week. I think I see a 4 for the low Tuesday night.
Today, snow showers with a high near 29. Excuse me, but I think that means it will
stick. Wind chills will range between 2 and 12. The southwest wind will blow from 10
to 15 mph and increase to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high
as 30 mph. When it does, face it and stick your tongue out at it.
Chance of precipitation is 90%. The total daytime snow accumulation will be less than
an inch. Tonight, we will have more snow showers with a low of around
13. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. You may want to go coon hunting.
Chance of precipitation is only 60%. A new snow accumulation of less than a half
inch is possible. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 299 cfs at 2.11 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 545 cfs at 1.92 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 175 cfs at 2.89 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 and I didn't see it yesterday. I
assume it too may have risen some.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is it has risen some since the others with USGS stations shows an increase in levels.
Current Recommended Streams
I recommend Abrams Creek. The water will be slightly warmer.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 18
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:
Try fishing the size 20 BWO nymph at Abrams Creek. Fish just downstream from the
Abrams Fall trailhead. The farther you travel downstream, the lower the water
temperature will be.
The best bet is to 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:
If you have finished the Smoky Mountains DVD, stay home and watch our four-hour
long "Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park" DVD. We have been selling a very high
number of these instructional programs for the last two months. Actually, we have
been selling high numbers of them for the past few years.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
If you have never fished the upper part of Abrams Creek, you may be surprised. The
water will not be frozen. In fact, if you can stay well hidden, and use realistic imitations
of small BWO nymphs or rock worms (Green Sedge (caddisfly) larva, you can catch
some trout. Abrams is full of the little rock worms as well as Cinnamon caddis larvae,
or net spinning larvae. The fish are always very, very spooky and the difficulty you
may have will come from that, not the water temperature. It will range from the mid
thirties to the low forties depending on exactly where you are fishing.
Whatever Hits Me:
I think I'll send Chris an email. He will probably be out sun bathing in Anchorage. I
don't think it went below freezing yesterday. On second though, he is probably
changing diapers on the new angler in the house.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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