Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/05/15
Conditions are not looking very good for this week. The stream levels will be high for
another day or so, and then the Bering Sea will send us some freezing weather.
This gives me the perfect opportunity to continue to bore you with old pictures.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, will be cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 37.
Northwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Tonight's low will be around 23.
Tuesday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 48. West wind will range from 5 to 10
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 944 cfs at 3.34 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1370 cfs at 2.95 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 288 cfs at 3.21 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 very high.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. They are
very high for sure.
Current Recommended Streams: Abrams Creek but the water will be very high
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18
2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
3. Cream Midges: 20/22
4. Winter Stoneflies: 16/18
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. Winter stoneflies should begin crawling
out of the water to hatch within the next few days.
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.
Tips for Beginners:
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Whatever Hits Me:
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A page from a 12 page, full color brochure from the mid 1980's, featuring world famous
angler Tom Mann and I. I don't remember the number I had printed, but I do remember the
cost of $41,000.00. I also had a Saltwater Fishing Video Magazine. Sorry about the cutout
at the bottom. I have a full brochure around here somewhere but couldn't find it. Tom and I
did many videos together. Our last one was Inshore Saltwater Fishing. Tom also came
up with many saltwater fishing lures and grubs. I also have Tom Mann's School of Bass
Tom and his brother Don Mann were both close friends of mine for many years. Both are
gone now, Don years ago, and Tom passed just a few years ago. Tom founded Manns Bait
company, which is still around, and Humminbird Electronics, which is still around. Don
founded Southern Plastics which is also, still around. Ma Mann named the famous Jelly
Worm from her jellies and jams, strawberry, grape, etc. The first ones were made on her
kitchen stove top. Tom named Humminbird Electronics after a hummingbird because he
thought the old flasher Humminbird fish finder made a noise like a hummingbird.
Tom Mann is the only angler that ever made the front covers of Outdoor Life, Field and
Stream and Sports Afield Magazines, the three most popular fishing magazines of the
1960's and 1970's.