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pineman19
07-08-2010, 02:44 PM
Hello,

It's supposed to be cooler on Saturday after the cool front passes through on Friday. I am think of heading to the Cataloochee area or the headwaters of Deep Creek to take advantage of the cooler conditions. Haven't seen any reports on the Cataloochee are lately and was wondering what the water levels were like on that portion of the Park. I figure they are lower, just wondering if they are really low, etc.

Thanks,

Neal

Crockett
07-08-2010, 02:52 PM
Hey Neal I camped in Cataloochee this past Saturday with Mundele and the water was still 'ok'. The water levels were down pretty noticibly but not nearly as noticable as the middle prong above tremont geez it is low. I fished up Palmer Creek and Pretty Hollow Creek and did pretty good lots of specks and a few bows. Walked out to Lost Bottom too. I have some pics I will try and post them tonight for you. Fished Cataloochee Creek too near the Palmer house and didn't catch anything there. The water level there was at 35 cfs when I fished it this weekend and I noticed it is down to 31 cfs today. Here is the guage link:

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?03460000

pineman19
07-08-2010, 03:00 PM
Crockett,

Thanks for the quick response! I hiked the Little Cataloochee trail over Memorial weekend from The Palmer Creek trailhead. Some great looking water on Palmer, but I broke off towards the Little Cataloochee Valley so I didn't check out Pretty Hollow, but it is an area of interest for sure.

Around six years ago, I hike into to Palmer Creek from the Balsam Mtn. Road, in waders to boot, lol. It didn't turn out too well, I went all the way down past Lost Bottom Creek and it seemed devoid of trout. I realized the answer after fishing a little further, wet footprints on the rocks. Needless to say, I didn't catch anything, but I want to explore that area more. I fished the main stream last fall, the water was a little too cold, but there was some great looking water downstream of the group campground.

Neal

silvercreek
07-08-2010, 03:17 PM
Neal, you will like the water below the group campground. It's one of my favorites, although I have not been there in years regrettably. Good luck and lets us know how you do. Silvercreek

pineman19
07-08-2010, 03:25 PM
Silvercreek,

I'll assume there are some browns below the campground. Very different water from most of the other streams I have fished in the Smokies. Some very nice looking runs and pocket water. Think I'll see if I can get a campsite before I head that way. It's a pretty good drive for me and I would like to explore several streams in that drainage and maybe get a Smokies Slam!

Neal

silvercreek
07-08-2010, 03:46 PM
Unless things have changed, the campground at Cataloochee is first come first served. I never camped anywhere else, so I can't offer any advice on other campgrounds. Mid week you may be ok. Chancey to find a spot from friday on, although the campground thins out after noon on Sundays. Silvercreek

pineman19
07-08-2010, 05:19 PM
Silvercreek,

You're right about Cataloochee, still no reservations needed. I may head over on Sat, if they're isn't a site, I may stay in Maggie Valley and try to get a site on Sunday.

Neal

flyman
07-08-2010, 09:58 PM
The water is getting very low, according to the gage there is about half the water there should be for the date. The 30 CFS you are seeing is measured at a station about 2 miles below the group camp. The tributaries are all worth exploring, but with these temps and water levels it might be best to wait until it cools off, or it rains. You can pretty much count on the campground being full just about every weekend.