Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/20/14
Conditions are starting to improve in the Smokies. Stream levels are getting in better
shape and the weather is warming back up some. I think the next few days could give
those that want to catch some trout some good opportunities to do so.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today will be sunny with a high near 48. West wind will be around 10 mph. Tonight's
low will be around 25.
Friday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 50. Calm wind will come out of the
northwest around 5 mph. Friday Night's low will be around 30.
Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 57. South wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. Saturday Night's low will be around 41. There is a 50% chance of rain Saturday
Sunday, there's a chance of rain, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am.
The high will be near 57. It will be breezy. The chance of precipitation is 90%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 284cfs at 2.13 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 356 cfs at 1.63 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 65 cfs at 2.38 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but it was almost normal
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I think the
stream should be back in good shape.
Current Recommended Streams: I would fish the lower elevation streams
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18/16
2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
3. Cream Midges: 20/22
Recommended Fishing Strategy:
Keep in mind, the strategies I am recommending is for the maximum odds
of catching numbers of fish. Many prefer or favor a dry fly and by all means there
isn't anything wrong with that. It's just a fact that if nothing is hatching at the time, it
reduces your odds of success. You can still probably hook some trout, just not as
many as if you fish subsurface. Of course, this is also based on using good
techniques and the right flies. Some guys don't know how to fish below the surface.
Until I spotted something hatching, assuming I was fishing a low to mid elevation
stream, I would fish a size 18 Blue-winged Olive nymph. Many of the species of
mayflies called Blue-winged Olives are bi-brooded, meaning they hatch twice a year.
They are swimming nymphs that dart around in short spurts and hide wherever they
can. They don't stay wedged up under the rocks like most of the other mayfly
nymphs, the majority of which are clingers.
If the water is below 43 degrees, I would switch to a Cream Midge larva and Cream
Midge Pupa tandem rig, with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa above it.
If you spot something hatching, it will most likely be Cream Midges or small
Blue-winged Olives. Switch to the adult Cream Midge, if it is midges hatching, or the
BWO Dun or emerger, if it is the BWOs.
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