Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 02/26/14
The weather forecast below, says about everything you need to know.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
There is a 30 percent chance of snow today in Gatlinburg, mainly before 9am. It will
be mostly cloudy, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 36. Tonight's low
will be around 18.
Thursday should be sunny with a high near 41 and a low that night of 17.
NWS Forecast

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

Little River: Rate 485 cfs at 2.52 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 727 cfs at 2.18 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 196 cfs at 2.93 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. Late yesterday afternoon, it was
flowing high.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they will be flowing high same as all the others.

Current Recommended Streams
Abrams Creek (upper part from just below the foot bridge at the end of the parking
lot in Cades Cove and upstream.

Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 18
nymphs (this would be the main fly)

2. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 6
Brown Sculpin
White Belly Sculpin

3. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14

Blue Quills: 18

Quill Gordons: 12/14
emerging duns (wet fly)

Little Black Caddis: 18

Recommended Fishing Strategy:
No changes from yesterday's recommendations. 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. If you see any Little Brown
stoneflies, fish the nymph late in the afternoon. If you see any Little Brown or Winter
adult stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the adult pattern of the stonefly.

Tips for Beginners:
Fish Abrams or any low elevation small stream and use a strike indicator.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
High sticking would still be my choice method of fishing today.

Whatever Hits Me:
Mr. Don Farris, a good friend who is originally from the great state of Alabama, called
yesterday to give me some bad news. He reported that the bird I let go a few years
ago (the one I wrote about in my "whatever hit me" story two days ago) was an extinct
species.  Now Don is pretty smart. The only mistake I know of Don ever making was
he likes the colors Crimson better than Orange and Blue, so I believe he knows what
he was talking about.
That means I let the only living Carrier Pigeon in the
world fly away.
I knew the bird could be worth something, but nothing like the money
I could have gotten from science, not to mention the notoriety I would have received.

Just to cover my statement, I'll add the following disclaimer. The English Carrier is the
species called a Carrier Pigeon that is extinct. A carrier pigeon, or messenger
pigeon, is a homing pigeon (specifically a domesticated rock pigeon, Columba
that is used to carry messages. Most homing or racing type varieties are used to
carry messages. There is no specific breed actually called "carrier pigeon" Mr. Farris.
Carrier pigeons that are the basic Racing Homer were used to carry messages in
World War I and World War II. Thirty-two pigeons were presented with the Dickin
Medal. Heck, I could have caught on of their ancestors.

To settle this. I may have to call Don's brother. I figure he is smarter than either Don
or I. He sill lives in Alabama. Just because Don has a son that's a Road Schlor, well,
I'm not sure how to spell it, but a smart man, doesn't mean he is smarter than his
bother and I put together. Next thing I know, he will be accusing me of copying this
out of Wikipedia.

Yes, for those of you without a sense of humor, I am of course kidding.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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