Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/12/14
Sorry, about yesterday's report. I was out of town and didn't have time to do a report.
This one will be short but I will try to finish the Clinch River article tomorrow.
Conditions look very good for today, and especially for the weekend. The mountains
were absolutely beautiful as I was driving in through Pigeon Forge yesterday
afternoon. The sun was shinning directly on the mountains with the higher elevations
covered with snow, and the view of them through all the Christmas lights didn't look
real. Every scene looked like the perfect Christmas Card.
Keep in mind, the Little Pigeon River is stocked through Galinburg by the City and
below there to Pigeon Forge through the spur by the state. The Middle Prong Little
Pigeon River is also stocked from the park downstream. Cosby Creek is stocked by
the state outside the park. Little River is stocked in Townsend below the park.
On the North Carolina side, the City of Cherokee stocks all the water from the park
on the Raven Fork through town, as well as the Oconaluftee River from the park
downstream. Two types of permits are available, the regular one and the special
permit area for a higher fee. Deep Creek is also stocked outside the park and
actually some more streams that flow from the park I haven't time to get to.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, will be sunny with a high near 51. Calm wind will chance to come out of the
northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 23.
Saturday, will be sunny with a high near 54. Calm wind will become north around 5
mph in the afternoon. Saturday Night's low will be around 29.
Sunday, will be sunny with a high near 56. Calm wind will come out of the north
around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 198 cfs at 1.88 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 342 cfs at 1.60 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 68 cfs at 2.40 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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