Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/11/14
I'm looking forward to the rain. It could make the streams high and dingy for a day or
two, but even so, we need the water. The weather is going to be cooler and that too
is going to be a big help.

We have several customers planning trips to the park later on this month and on into
the first part of October. That is usually an excellent time for fly fishing the streams of
the park. Some are planning extended backpacking and camping trips.

Smoky Mountain Weather:
Showers and thunderstorms are likely today, mainly after 5pm. It will be mostly cloudy
with a high near 83. West wind will be around 5 to 10 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 60%. They are showing 80% for tonight. I say there is a 100%  
chance it will rain today or tonight. I also predict they will change their forecast to
100%.

Friday, showers and thunderstorms will continue into the early morning, then showers
are likely with a possibly a thunderstorm after 9am. It will be cloudy, with a high near
82. Calm wind will become north around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of
precipitation is 60%.

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

Little River: Rate 77 cfs at 1.41 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 191 cfs at 1.25 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 46 cfs at 2.26 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 to be at a
normal level.

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 during the
past few days in their watersheds and the levels should be near normal. Keep in
mind, that normal levels for this time of the year is what many would call low water
levels.

Current Recommended Streams:
The daily high temperatures will remain in the mid to low 80's, so 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. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20
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 still 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 are hatching. The duns leave the water very quickly but the spinner
fall can produce some very hot action.

Blue-winged Olives are hatching but they are very small. They are small
baetis type
BWOs but also includes species from two other genera commonly called Small BWOs
and Little BWOs.

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:
Remember, your not going to catch trout if you spook them. With the lower water
levels, the first and foremost thing you should focus on is staying hidden. Staying
hidden means staying low. The higher your profile is above the water, the higher the
chances of the trout spotting you.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
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Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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