Report on the Waters of the Pisgah National Forest, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park and waters along the Blue Ridge Parkway

Updated Thursdays

Water Conditions:IMG_5597

Temp – 44 and warming

CFS – healthy, above average water levels



Blue Quill, Quill Gordon, Hendrickson, Red Quill, March Brown


Winter Caddis, Tan Sedge Caddis


Little Black Stonefly (Winter Stone), Little Brown Stone


Gray, Black IMG_5542


Worms, eggs

Fly Suggestions:

Dry Flies:

CDC Biot BWO, Mr. Rapidan, Blue Quill, Blue Quill Loop Wing Emerger, Quill Gordon, Charlie Whomper, Thunderhead, Hendrickson, Hendrickson Loop Wing Emerger, Female Adams, Red Quill, Rusty Spinner, March Brown, Peacock Caddis, Goddard Caddis, Skunkulator, Rattler, Olive Stimulator

Nymphs and Pupa:

Mighty May BWO, Split Case BWO, Best Nest (Natural & Olive), Hare’s Ear (Natural & Olive), March Brown, Quasimodo PT, Buckskin Larva, Black Braid Pupa, Tan Braid Pupa,  Tellico Nymph, Little Black Stonefly, Boss Hog Stonefly Dark, Copper Stone, Horsehair Nymph


Black or Gray midges


Matuka, Hornberg, Sprucefly and various wooly buggers in smaller size range.

General Information:

Some roads in the Pisgah National Forest and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain closed awaiting repairs from the storms in January. Make sure to check before you go. Cataloochee is now open from the south but hwy 441 is still closed north of Cherokee for road repairs.

Projected Conditions:

Water levels are still above average for this time of year. We are getting rain weekly which keeps the water table full for the foreseeable future. Water temps are fluctuating due to Warm/Cold weather patterns. Last weekend highs in the 70’s and low’s in the 40’s brought the water temps up to almost 50 degrees. The cold spell this week has dropped the water temps back down in the low 40’s range. Hatches are progressing nicely and just a bit behind schedule. Almost time for the March Browns to come out in numbers – a sure sign that spring has arrived.

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