Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/06/14
There's not much news today, or to be completely honest, not much time to tell you
anything this morning other than Spring is about to spring. This is why I have never
wanted to be the host of a national TV news program. Instead of fishing, i would of
had to be sitting on my rear end at a desk telling you the world is coming to an end.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
I noticed the National Weather Service forecast went from 50% to 70% on the
chances of rain for tonight. I started to predict they would do that yesterday, but I was
a little rushed and didn't. When it starts raining tonight, and it will, they will increase it
to a 100% chance.
Today in Gatlinburg, it will be partly sunny, with a high near 50. As mentioned above,
rain is likely tonight, mainly after 11pm. The low will be around 35. The chance of
precipitation is 70%. I say 100%. I'm not predicting a lot of rain, just predicting it will
There's a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly before 1pm for Friday. The high will be
near 52. The low Friday night will be about 36. t wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 254 cfs at 1.99 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 447 cfs at 1.85 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 116 cfs at 2.65 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 mid to high
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:
For numbers of fish caught, high sticking would be my choice method but the water is
getting a little low for it. Believe it or not, and I suggest you don't, this has nothing to do
with the fact we are coming out with a new Perfect Fly High Stick fly rod.
Whatever Hits Me:
Nothing today, your lucky.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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