Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/28/14
It is going to be a little cold out there today, and then we can expect about a week or
more of warm, fall weather. Notice the word "Fall" as in "Autumn". The first day of
"Winter" is December 21st. We have almost a month of "fall" left. That is not
easy to conceive when it has often been very cold for over a month. Understand,
very cold in the eyes of someone who spent almost 3 decades living in Florida is
anything below 40 degree F. I guess that makes me part fish, or at least part cold
blooded. Angie would probably agree with my post analysis. I didn't help put up the
Xmas decorations yesterday. I want time to slow down, not speed up.
We have had several people write us this past week about fishing in the park during
December. December is always a very busy season in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge.
They have about a trillion dollars of Xmas decorations put up all the way from Bass
Pro shop on the Interstate to the National Park. They are very pretty but you
better be prepared to spend some time at about 5 mph if you stay on the main drag.
You can easily bypass it all if you prefer. Just don't expect either of the cities to
prompt you to do that.
I hope the cold is gone for at least a few days, so we can have a normal "fall" season.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, we can expect occasional snow flurries before 10am. It will be cloudy through
mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 44. At least the wind will be calm,
then becoming about 5 mph. Tonight's low will be around 27.
Saturday, will be NICE, mostly sunny with a high near 60. South wind will be from 5 to
10 mph. Saturday night's low will be around 37.
Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Southwest wind will be from 5 to 10
Next week it will be warm with quite a bit of rain in the forecast. NICE!
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 195 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 347 cfs at 1.61 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 70 cfs at 2.41 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 in good shape
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: They are
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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