Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/11/14
I am 71 years old and I have been able to do about any and everything I have every
wanted to do. I have been able to acquire and achieve just about any and everything
I have ever wanted. I had the greatest dad anyone could have and still have the
greatest mother anyone could possibly have. She is 91 years old. I have two children
that has never given me a problem for a minute and both of them have children, my
grand children, of course. The grand kids have about anything, anyone could
possibly want. My entire family, including my brother Dennis, who lives in Laurel
Valley near Townsend, has always been good to me in every way possible. He had to
go to Vietnam. I didn't have to go, thank God, but I did serve a total of eight years of
service in the Army, National Guard and Army reserve. My grandfather Gullion was a
World War One Vet and lost an eye serving our country, a very small price compared
to most of his fellow solders that were there. He would never talk about it, just tell me I
didn't want to know.

I have fished in all 50 states of the United States, and dozens of foreign countries. I
have caught about every species of sport fish that swims. I have been able to spend
more days on the water fishing, or working on TV shows and video from when I was
fishing, than most men spent at their full time jobs their entire life prior to retiring.
Since 1980, I have been able to make a very good living from fishing and other
closely related outdoor sports such as boating. I fished five years of the National
BASS circuit prior to that, from 1975 to 1980 but was a general contractor at that
same time period. More of my videos on saltwater fishing have been sold
than any in the World. I have done that enjoying every minute of it, doing what many
men only dream about doing. I am a very, very lucky man.

This is all to say one thing. I thank God for having been able to do it, but n
one of
that would have ever been possible if it were not for our Veterans -
not any of it
. If anyone of you that is living in this great country that doesn't
think that is true for every single one of us, you are a complete idiot.
And,
understand, that's being nice compared to what I really would like to tell you.

I thank everyone of our Veterans to the bottom of my heart.


Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 69. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming southwest in the afternoon.

Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 4am. The low will be
about 46 degrees.

Wednesday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7am. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 54. North 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 195 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 234 cfs at 1.35 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 43 cfs at 2.24 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 in very good shape.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I don't
have any reports but I'm almost positive it is about normal and in good shape.

Current Recommended Streams:
I recommend you fish the lower to middle elevations. The brown trout are spawning,
so please leave them alone so they can raise some children for us to play with.

Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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

3. Slate Drakes
Hook Size 10/12
nymphs
spinners

4.
Little Yellow Quills
Hook Size 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

5.
Great Autumn Brown Sedge:
Hook Size 10
pupa
adults

6.
Needle Stoneflies
Hook Size 16/18
nymphs
adults

7. Carpenter Ants, Black
Hook Size 16/18

8. Japanese Beetles
Hook Size 16/14

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, assuming I was fishing a low to mid elevation
stream, I would fish a size 18 Blue-winged Olive nymph. Many of the species of
mayflies called Blue-winged Olives are bi-brooded, meaning they hatch twice a year.
They are swimming nymphs that dart around in short spurts and hide wherever they
can. They don't stay wedged up under the rocks like most of the other mayfly
nymphs, the majority of which are clingers.

There are still some Slate Drakes hatching in the lower elevations. This will occur off
and on from now into the month of November. If you spot their shucks on the rocks,
switch to a Slate Drake nymph.

Little Yellow Quills are still hatching in some of the higher elevation streams. These
are mostly a mid to high elevation insect, often confused with Light Cahills, but quite
different.

Needle Stoneflies will still be hatching in the mid to high elevations. These are very
narrow, long shaped stoneflies that when in flight, look more like a caddifly than a
stonefly. Like all stoneflies they crawl out of the water in low light conditions to hatch.
The egg layers can provide some great action in the late afternoons.

Great Autumn Brown Sedges, or caddiflies, are hatching. These are large caddis that
hatch during the evening and lay their eggs late in the day and early evenings. If you
camp, you will probably see them around your lights.

Tips for Beginners:
First learn what food it is you need to be imitating, that should determine what flies
you should be using. It isn't really that complicated. Trout will always focus on and
position themselves in the stream to eat the most plentiful and most available food.
It's natures way for them to expend the least amount of energy to acquire the most  
food.

Many anglers, in fact most anglers, try to short cut the process and first try
to determine what flies they need to be using. It's the difference in knowing what you
are doing, and just relying on pure trial and error. It makes the difference in being
consistently successful or having to blame the lack of success on the fish or
environmental conditions.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you for visiting our site. James Marsh, Pending CFO
(Chief Fishing Officer) Perfect Fly
Copyright 2014 James Marsh
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