Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report - 04/29/14
When the storm clouds get the darkest, the sun is going to shine.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today, expect showers and thunderstorms. The high will be near 76. It will be windy
with a south wind 15 to 20 mph becoming west 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Winds
could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. More showers
and thunderstorms tonight. The low will be around 58. The chance of precipitation is
100%.

Wednesday, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The high will be near 74.
South winds will be about 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.
NWS Forecast

Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:

Little River: Rate 208 cfs at .1.85 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 656 cfs at  2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 118 cfs at 2.64 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but It is a little low but certain to
rise..

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Cherokee Lake: My guess
is they are on the way up.

Current Recommended Streams
Any of the streams in the lower to middle elevations.
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 16/20
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

2. Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water & early/late in the day
Hook Size 4/6/8
Black Matuka Sculpin
Olive Matuka Sculpin

3.
Light Cahills:
Hook Size 16/14
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

4.
American March Browns: 10/12
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

5.
Giant Black StoneflIies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

6.
Green Sedge (Caddisfly):
Hook Size 14/16
larvae (Green Rock Worms)
pupae
adults


Recommended Fishing Strategy: (I recommend staying off the streams
today)
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.
Strategy:
Until I spotted something hatching, I would fish the BWO nymph. Right now you have
two completely different size BWOs hatching, one a size 20 and another closer to a
size 16.  The only time I would change from the nymphs just mentioned is when and if
I saw something hatching, and then I would go to the appropriate emerger or
dun/adult imitation of that insect.

American March Browns are hatching but they are always sporadic hatches that are
difficult to predict in terms of the time of day. They will hatch off and on over a long
period of time, for the next couple of months. If you see any duns emerging, change
to an American March Brown emerger or dun. That also means there will be a
spinner fall late in the day near dark and that always concentrates them. You can
catch several trout very fast if you catch that right.

Giant Black stoneflies are also likely to hatch but the hatch occurs near or after dark.
Fishing the Giant Black stonefly nymph near the banks very late in the day should be
very effective. If you see any Giant Black stoneflies laying eggs, switch to the adult
pattern.

Green Sedges should start to hatch in the lower elevation first, and then progress
upstream as the days go by. The do not hatch in big numbers but where they hatch,
trout will focus on eating them because they hatch at a time of day that is different
from other hatching insects at this time of the year. It usually occurs later in the day
near the same time the previously hatched adults are depositing their eggs. You
should concentrate far more on fishing the Green Rock Worm or larva stage of life of
the Green Sedge.

Tips for Beginners:
Purchase our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains Park" DVD.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
Purchase our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains Park" DVD., follow the advice and
instructions and you won't have to be a
"self" proclaimed expert.

Whatever Hits Me:
Frightening thoughts of making my doctor's appointment at UT by 9:00 AM this
morning.
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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