Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/17/14
We have some good weather on the way and fishing conditions will improve soon.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
There is a 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm today. It will be partly sunny, with a
high near 53. Showers are likely tonight with a low around 35. The chance of precip
is 80%. Tuesday should be sunny with a high of 59. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 311 cfs at 2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 565 cfs at 1.95 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 135 cfs at 2.71 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. Yesterday it looked like it was
flowing at a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
they are very near normal levels.
Current Recommended Streams
Abrams Creek would still be my first choice on the Tennessee side of the park. Lower
Deep Creek, Straight Fork Creek and other low elevation streams would be the best
bet for the North Carolina side.
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:
No change from yesterday. 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 still expecting to see some Little Brown stoneflies on the
banks and roads soon. I haven't but neither have I been in the park the past few
Tips for Beginners:
Viewing our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park DVD", a 4 hour, 2
DVD disc, instructional presentation will teach you more about fly fishing the park
than any one thing you can do or purchase.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
I'm putting the final touches on a new Perfect Fly "Hi-Stick" fly rod that will make you
want to put the one you've been using for high sticking on Ebay.
Whatever Hits Me: Something very meaningful to me
The Bass Masters Classic, the Super Bowl of bass fishing, will be held this week
(February 21-23) on Guntersville Lake, Alabama. It's what I call my home lake, since I
was born nearby and fished it most of my life. My 91 year old mother lives there. It is
also a strange classic because the weigh-ins will be held each day at the Civic
Center in Birmingham, over sixty miles away. Fish, boats and anglers will be towed
I fished the professional BASS tournaments from 1975 to 1979 and the very last
tournament I fished was on Guntersville Lake in July of 1979. It was the one and only
time we fished it during those four years and I didn't do near as well as I expected to
do. That's normally the case when you think you really know a lake rather than keep
an open mind about it. By the way, self proclaimed experts, it is no different when
it comes to trout fishing. Community holes (bass terminology for local hot spots) don't
Yesterday, I was putting the final touches on our February issue of the Perfect Fly
Fishing Journal, and the featured destination stream was the San Juan River in New
Mexico. I wrote about fishing the river for bass years before I ever fished it for trout. It
was at a BASS tournament in the seventies on Lake Powell. The San Juan River
terminates in the Colorado River in the upper end of the lake. My second day fishing
partner at that tournament was Gary Klein, a young man from California. He was
leading the tournament at the end of the first day and we went to his spot which was
the San Juan River, a 60 mile one way run and back. We fished 4 hours and ran 5
with a tank full of gas and extra cans of gas on board. He had found stained water
there and compared to the Lake Powell water, which you can see the bottom of at 50
feet, it helped. Gary taught me some things that day and I caught some fish but he
ended up winning the $50,000.00 tournament the next day, his first ever BASS win.
I was also reminded yesterday, about the classic to be held this week at Guntersville
and remembered that I happened to draw Gary again as a partner the final day of my
pro bass fishing. Neither of us did well that day. I knew Gary was still fishing the
tournaments, and checked to see he has made his 30th Bassmasters Classic. That's
an incredible achievement. Although I know a few of the other contenders, I will have
to pull for Gary. Good luck Gary. Kick KVs A. Gary's Website.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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