Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/23/14
The fishing conditions at the present time are great BUT you can expect to get your
rain gear wet today. As mentioned below, it is already raining in the park. The water
levels are a little difficult to predict for mid-afternoon, but my guess is the streams will
all be fishable throughout the day. If the water does get a little high and off-color, you
should go to a streamer. There are plenty of hungry, post-spawn, brown trout.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, we can expect showers, mainly after 10am. It has already started at 6:44 AM
in Pigeon Forge and solidly on the North Carolina side of the park. The high today
will be near 58. Southeast wind will be from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20
mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
Monday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers before 4pm. It will be partly sunny
with a high near 66. It will be breezy, with a south wind blowing at 15 to 20 mph and
with gusts as high as 30 mph.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 205cfs at 1.90 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 282 cfs at 1.47 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 58 cfs at 2.34 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 at a normal level
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I think the
stream are currently in good shape but will be rising all day today.
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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