Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/05/14
Notice the weather forecast below. With a high of 51 and 50 and lows of about
freezing for the next two days, it will not be possible for the water temperature to
average at least 50. Right now it appears that from Saturday through the first of next
week, the temperatures may be warm enough to sustain the water temperature near
50 degrees. I think next week will be a much better situation from that standpoint and
unless they change the long range forecast, we should begin to see some
substantial hatches of Quill Gordons, Blue Quills and Little Black Caddis begin to
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today in Gatlinburg, it will be sunny, with a high near 51. Tonight's low will be near
32. Thee is a 50% chance of rain on Thursday with a high near 50 degrees.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 265 cfs at 2.02 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 470 cfs at 1.89 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 121 cfs at 2.67 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. My guess is it is back near a
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are back near a normal level.
Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams where trout exist in the lower elevations.
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
White Belly Sculpin
3. Winter Stoneflies: 18/16
4. Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
5. Blue Quills: 18
6. Quill Gordons: 12/14
emerging duns (wet fly)
8. Little Black Caddis: 18
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
There's a chance you could see some Little Brown stoneflies laying eggs this
afternoon. It is also possible to see some Blue Quills hatching in the very lowest
elevations trout exist. I would fish the BWO nymph until about 3:00 PM and then
switch to a Little Brown 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
emerger or dun imitation of that. The water temperature is going to in the low to mid
forties today. 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,or Winter stoneflies
laying eggs, switch to the adult pattern. You will likely see some very small black
caddis. I suggest you ignore them. They crawl out of the water to hatch and we have
always been unable to catch trout trying to imitate them. Although it is probably
possible, I think the BWO nymphs, or even the Blue Quill nymphs which are out and
about are far better options.
Tips for Beginners:
Same as yesterday - purchase a stream thermometer and learn to relate water
temperature to other fishing data.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
High sticking would be my choice method but the water is getting a little low for it.
Whatever Hits Me:
I will have a very busy day today.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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