I don't remember fishing in the Cataloochee area that early. It all depends on the water temperature and it could be perfect or it could be too cold. I have been humbled on Cataloochee Creek too. I like Palmer, Rough Fork and Caldwell. I have caught some nice rainbows fishing from the Caldwell House upstream. And I remember catching a nice brown below the confluence. Paula and I walked to Lost Bottoms in waders one time. I'm still not over that. That was before it was open to fishing. I just wanted to see it. My best fishing on Big Cataloochee has been using Green Weenies in the summer and midges during the fall below Asbury Crossing. I have fished Little Cataloochee too. But I guess my favorite is Palmer.