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.

NWS Forecast

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
Brown Sculpin
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.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Stay home and learn your aquatic insects.

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 anytime regarding any questions you may have
about fly fishing the Smokies.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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