Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/12/14
Even though there hasn't been anything good to report in the way of fishing the
Smokies for the past couple of days, we have been busy helping several people plan
trips to the Smokies ranging from early March to as late as late June. With the
exception of one group from South Carolina and one gentleman from south Florida,
everyone else is located in the northern states.

I complain about our weather but when you talk to people who have two feet of snow
on the ground, it's almost embarrassing to mention what we are experiencing.
Yesterday, a customer from Wisconsin said the temperature hadn't gone above
freezing for 28 consecutive days. Two different customers from Michigan, said they
just wanted to get out from under the deep snow. Mark Karaba, also from Michigan
(who writes for our Perfect Fly Fishing Journal) sent an email yesterday saying, "We
are In the middle of the worst winter we have had in many years". He is headed this
way even though I told him the current weather situation.

If your considering a fly fishing trip to Great Smoky Mountains National Park this
Spring or Summer, give us a call at Perfect Fly (
800-594-4726) or send us an email
( and we will be happy to help you plan your trip, set you
up with the flies and gear what you will need, as well as recommend and help you
reserve a place to stay.  

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Check This Out: Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 34. The chance of
precipitation is 100% and that will be in the form of snow. The daytime snow
accumulation is expected to be from 2 to 4 inches. Tonight's low will be around 27.
The chance of precipitation tonight is 100%.
New snow accumulation tonight of 2 to
4 inches is possible.

Snow is likely on Thursday. The high will be near 38. , mainly before 10am. Mostly
cloudy, with a high near 38. The chance of precipitation on Thursday is 60%.

Rain is likely on Friday. The high will be near 42.  Rain and snow is likely Friday
night. Saturday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 40. There is a chance of rain
and snow Saturday night with a low of 29.

Sunday will be sunny, with a high near 48.
NWS Forecast

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:

Little River: Rate 335 cfs at 2.20 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 642 cfs at 2.06 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: 153 cfs at 2.78 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. It looks like it is near a normal

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
they are getting near normal levels.

Current Recommended Streams
Upper Abrams Creek, if you can get there, or if you want a better challenge, the
lower elevation streams, if you can get there.

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:
I doubt anyone attempts to fish today but if you do, make sure you check with the
park regarding road closings. They post their most recent information on Twitter.

No changes here. Water temperatures in the lower elevations where trout exist
will be about 38 degrees at the warmest part of the day. I would fish the BWO nymph
until about 3:00 PM and then switch to a Little Winter stonefly nymph. The only time I
would change that strategy is when and if I saw something hatching and then I would
go to the appropriate imitation of that. Fish the slow side of any current seams,
pockets and pools where there is little to no current. I am expecting to see some Little
Brown stoneflies on the banks and roads soon but so far I haven't and I'm holding off
listing them as recommended flies.  

Tips for Beginners:
I don't recommend you try today

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Send us a picture of the 28 inch brown trout you catch today.

Whatever Hits Me:
The fear of opening the envelope with the new power bill laying on my desk.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
More Options For Selecting Flies:
Email us with the dates you will be
fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a

2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you

3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.

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