Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Cream Cahills
2. Cinnamon Caddis
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Inch Worms
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Sorry about the lack of an article for yesterday. I also goofed by not moving the red
"Today's Article" highlight to show Tuesday's Fly Fishing Strategies article on our main
page. If you missed it, please go back to Tuesday's article and check it out. I had regular
appointments with doctors in Knoxville yesterday. That's like going to a different country
and just amounted to a lost day to my very busy work schedule. We have been slammed
with orders at Perfect Fly for some time now. The weather has not only improved in the
Smokies, it has improved nationwide and anglers are taking full advantage of it.
I have not had the opportunity to fish one day for the past week. I've been working here
from about five in the morning until as late as nine at night dealing with west coast anglers.
I have talked to a couple of different groups that fished in the backcountry this past
weekend and some that fished early this week. All were visiting anglers from other states
who haven't fished the park before. All seemed to be well satisfied with their catch results
even though it was a lot less than what experienced anglers should have been able to
It takes anglers new to this type of trout fishing a little time adjusting to the small, high
gradient streams. This is especially true when the flows are higher than normal. Getting
around in the high water, and at the same time dealing with the thick streamside bushes
and overhanging limbs, makes it even more difficult than it would normally be for them.
At this particular time, most all the streams in the park are still on the high side
of what's normal for this month, but in very good shape for fishing.
We got real lucky yesterday afternoon. Although it rained just about everywhere in the
park, it received far less than some very areas outside the park in the nearby vicinity. One
area east of Sevierville received over 3 inches of rain late yesterday afternoon. Lightning
was solid around our home in Pigeon Forge and it rained very hard, but only for a few
minutes. The weather has definitely changed to a summer "isolated" thunderstorm pattern.
There is still a good chance of isolated thunderstorms through the weekend. They are
showing from 30 to a 50% chance until Sunday, which shows 60% or likely thunderstorms.
The easiest way to deal with "Where To Fish" is to check the three USGS gauges just
outside the park for Little River, Oconaluftee and Cataloochee shown on our links page of
this site as well as this National Weather Service Precipitation Map. Enter "Great Smoky
Mountains and zoom in to where the map includes only that area of the park. By looking at
the towns, lakes on the NC side, and highway #441 that crosses the park, you should be
able to interpolate the amount of rainfall each of the watersheds received. Remember, it
can take a few hours for high water levels from heavy precipitation in the high elevations
to reach the middle and lower elevations. That written, keep in mind the high elevation
streams are the first ones to subside. You shouldn't be fishing the lower elevations at all.
Be careful with the lightning situation. Your fly rod is also a lightning rod.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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