Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/09/14
Our Giant Red Headed Woodpeckers are back. We have spotted them several times
during the past week. Yesterday, as I was passing by the front foyer, I caught a
glimpse of red out the front door. There was one on the trunk of the large oak tree
about twelve feet from the door. The bird was absolutely beautiful. They are so big
and colorful, they don't seem real.

I called Angie and we both watched it for a few minutes when I decided I would try to
get a picture. I went upstairs, got a camera and went out the back door as quietly as
possible. When I got around the house the sun was directly in line with me and the
tree the bird was on. When I tried to move to get a better line on the bird, it spotted
me. I didn't see it until it was flying away. That is about the tenth time I have tried to
get a picture or video of the big birds and so far, I have failed each and every time. It
was amazing to be that close to the bird. I saw what the bird was eating. The truck of
the tree has lots of ants crawling up it as far as I could see. Normally, they are in this
tree a few feet away which has some type of berries in it. The shot I took with my
phone camera doesn't show them well but they are brown and small, about the size
of BBs. Can anyone tell me what kind of berries these are?




























Smoky Mountain Weather:
The National Weather Service changed the forecast since yesterday. They lowered
the chances of rain everyday but increased the chances for Thursday. Although they
are currently showing a 70% change on Thursday, I will be a donut to a token it will
rain Thursday. They will change that to 100%.
For today, there is a slight chance of Isolated showers and thunderstorms early this
morning and then a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 85. Calm wind will become northwest around 5 mph in
the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 20%.

Wednesday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon.
It will be partly sunny with a high near 88. South wind will be around 5 mph.


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

Little River: Rate 128 cfs at 1.63 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 230 cfs at 1.36 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 68 cfs at 2.40 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. Yesterday, it looked fairly normal.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: There isn't
a gauge but the precip map shows only a moderate amount of rain has fell in their
watersheds and the levels should be near normal.

Current Recommended Streams:
The daily high temperatures will be quite lower than recently but I still suggest you
avoid the low elevations and fish above 2000 feet. All the streams on both sides of
the park appear to be in good shape.

Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Eastern Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins: Especially good in off color, high water &
early/late in the day
Hook Size 4/6

3. Slate Drakes
Hook Size 10/12
nymphs
spinners

4. Cream Cahills
Hook Size 16/14
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

5.
Green Sedge (Caddisfly):
Hook Size 14/16
larvae (Green Rock Worms)
pupae
adults

6.
Little Yellow Stoneflies:
Hook Size 14/16
nymphs
adults

7. Little Green Stoneflies
Hook Size 16
nymphs
adults

8.
Moth Larvae: (Inch Worms): 10/12/14

9. Carpenter Ants, Black
Hook Size 16/18

10. Japanese Beetles
Hook Size 16/14

11. Grass Hoppers
Hook Size 10, 12, 14

Miscellaneous Hatches Occurring in the Smokies:
Cinnamon Caddis and Little Sister caddis:
I should mention that you may find some Cinnamon Caddis, sizes 18 and 16, about
the middle of the month of May, along with their Little Sister Caddis, size 18. These
are usually found in the slower sections of the larger streams but only in very small
quantities and only in isolated locations within the stream. Abrams Creek has plenty
of both of these caddisflies and if you fish Abrams I suggest you have imitations of
them.

Recommended Fishing Strategy:
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 a Slate Drake nymph. These big
mayflies are plentiful throughout the streams of the Smokies. They are swimming
nymphs and represent a big meal for the trout that catch them. They have begin
congregating near the banks to crawl out of the water and hatch. That makes them
much easier for the trout to catch and gives you a good opportunity to catch some
nice trout. This will occur off and on from now into  the month of November. The
hatches will increase in late September and early October.

Let me note that if you fish the day before, and know for a fact a certain mayfly listed
above is hatching in a certain area of the stream your fishing, by all means
fish the nymph of that mayfly the next morning up until you begin to see them hatch.
That will always give you the highest odds of success.

Little Yellow Stoneflies are hatching. If you see any adults during the day, it is a good
idea to fish an imitation of the nymph near the banks of the stream late in the day.
They crawl out of the water and hatch during the darkness of the night. You may also
spot some of the females laying eggs. This usually occurs late afternoons and if so,
be certain to fish an imitation of the adult.

Little Green Stoneflies are also hatching. They tend to hatch in slower water at the
ends of pools, more so than the fast water runs and riffles. They are similar to the
Little Yellows, but have a bright green body and wings. They average a hook size 16.

Green Sedges have been hatching and will continue for a few more weeks. There
are several different species of them. 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.

Cream Cahills have started hatching. The duns leave the water very quickly but the
spinner fall can produce some very hot action.

Eastern Blue-winged Olives are rather large size BWOs that hatch in sparse
quantities in the lower and middle elevations during the late summer. They are not
baetis type BWOs, rather members of the Drunella genus that happen to have olive
color bodies and bluish tinted gray wings. You will usually find the duns, upside down
underneath the leaves of the trees in the shade during the day. If you see a few of
them, you should fish the spinner fall late that afternoon. They tend to hatch in the
late mornings, rather than afternoons until the weather becomes cooler.

There are still plenty of moth larvae hanging from the tree limbs. The moth larvae fly
also imitates the green caddis larvae quite well and is one reason the fly works well in
the Smokies.

Carpenter ants are very plentiful. There are both black and browns ones in the park
but the blacks are more plentiful. These ants tend to only get in the water when they
are washed in by heavy downpours. It is a good idea to fish them anytime after a
thunderstorm.

The same heavy rain scenario applies to the Japanese Beetle. These insects are
very plentiful in the park.  Fish our Perfect Fly imitation of them anytime, but they are
more effective after heavy downpours.

In areas where the streams in the park are surrounded by lots of grass, hoppers can
become a factor in the trout's diet. They are generally blown in the streams by high
wind, but can always accidentally jump in the water. They are not the smartest
creatures on earth.

Tips for Beginners:
None

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
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