Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 03/14/14
The mountains were absolutely beautiful yesterday. They were solid white with snow
from about 2500 feet up. There's going to be a lot of melting snow today as the
weather warms back up As I wrote yesterday, the not so perfect weather conditions
will affect anglers a heck of a lot more than it will affect the trout. By that,l I mean it will
be more of a mental problem than anything else. The water temperature is going to
remain colder than the air this afternoon.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Right now in Gatlinburg, at 5:45 AM, it is 26 degrees, however, today's high will reach
61, It will be a little windy with gust to 25 mph. Tonight's low will be a much better 41
Saturday's high will reach 64 degrees. Clouds will increase throughout the day and
the chances of rain will be about 50% on Saturday night. The high Sunday should be
around 56. The chances of rain on Sunday will be 80%. NWS Forecast
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 198 cfs at 1.82 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 382 cfs at 1.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 95 cfs at 2.56 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It is a little on the low side.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are a little low.
Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams in the lower elevations where trout exist.
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 and maybe even a Quill Gordon
hatching in the lower elevations. I would fish the BWO or Blue Quill 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 insect. The water temperature is
going to in the mid to high forties again today and could reach 50 is a few areas.
There is a good chance the Blue Quills will hatch in the low elevations. They are
usually a little ahead of the Quill Gordons and are more plentiful, but not as easy to
imitate. They are a size 18 mayfly. They hatch is the slower moving side of the
current seams, usually in the shallower pockets and edges of the fast water.
I would still avoid the fast water and fish the slow side of the current seams, pockets
and pools where there is less current. If you see any Little Brown 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. If you do spot a Quill Gordon, you should try the Emerging Quill
Gordon Dun (wet fly) or Quill Gordon nymph in that same area.
Tips for Beginners:
Continue to use nymphs until you see trout feeding on the surface.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
The Blue Quills seem to be in full swing in spite of the recent drop in water
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