Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 01/29/14
It is 7 degrees here in the beautiful resort town of Pigeon Forge. That is the outside
temperature. It is 98.6 degrees inside me. It is 5:13 Am and time for me to go to work.
I was going to take today off and do a little fishing but the ice was deeper than the
extension shaft on my Jiffy drill. So, I just decided to stay home and tell lies.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
It will be a beautiful sunny day today, with a high near 22. Tonight will be clear with a
low of around 8 degrees. Thursday will also be sunny, but with a high near 39,
making it dangerous to ice fish. You could break through.
The good headline news is it will be in the fifties on Saturday.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 214 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 453 cfs at 1.77 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: 102 cfs at 2.60 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. I assume it is a little below
normal level for this time of the year.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are a little below normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
Abrams Creek, if the road to Cades Cove is open
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:
Sight fishing above the foot bridge in upper Abrams Creek.
Tips for Beginners:
Stay home and learn your aquatic insects. www.perfectstore.com
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Stay home and learn your aquatic insects. www.perfectflystore.com
Whatever Hits Me: Planning Your Trip To The Smokies
I was very pleased that several people who are planning on fishing the Smokies sent
email to us yesterday, asking for various types of information. I also received three
calls from people planning on fishing the Smokies, two of them for their first time. Two
of the seven (calls and email) ordered sets of flies that I will be putting together for
them. Two ordered our fly fishing the Smokies DVD.
Please be advised that I will do all I can to help anyone plan a trip to the Smokies
whether you buy anything from us or not. I enjoy doing that and especially enjoy
helping those who are just getting started. Please feel free to call (800-594-4726) or
write us firstname.lastname@example.org anytime regarding any questions you may have
about fly fishing the Smokies.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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