Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/25/15
It appears the streams have fell back down rather fast and that most of them could
be waded today, but the water is cold. I doubt the water gets much over 40 degrees
today in most areas. Upper Abrams Creek would be the best choice to fish today. I
think the road is open today but you may want to check with the park's Tweeter Bird.
For today, there's a 10 percent chance of rain after 5pm. There will be Increasing
clouds with a high near 51. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Tonight, rain
is likely. The low will be around 36. The chance of precipitation is 80%.
Monday, we can expect rain and snow showers before 10am, then a chance of rain
showers. It will be cloudy with a high near 41. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
to links to see updates:
Little River: Rate 261 cfs at 2.07 ft..
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 494 cfs at 1.89 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 91 cfs at 2.52 ft (This gauge is also messed up due to
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It was high yesterday afternoon
but falling fast and it can probably be waded today.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess
is they are most likely still a little high.
Current Recommended Streams: Abrams Creek
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:
Learn to imitate the most plentiful and available insects and other foods at the time
you are fishing, or continue to use trial and error methods and forever be a mediocre
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Whatever Hits Me:
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