Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/10/15
I didn't have time to write a report yesterday. I had to help the ladies with Perfect Fly
orders. I'm sure we set a record the past couple of days for the highest number of
orders we have ever received. We got them all out, but it has taken the three of us
about 18 hours of work per day for the past three days. It will be worse today. We do
have a new part time employee coming in to help with the fulfillment today. We are
looking to hire two additional full time employees in the near future, one for fullfillment
and the other to help me with the things I do otherwise daily. I just didn't expect things
to boom this quick this early in the year. We are also looking for some pay per piece
help, with for example, a rod wrapper - not finisher, wrapper. The current boom is
obviously happening nationwide and with more fish species than trout.

I don't know what to predict in terms of what the fishing conditions are going to be
past early this morning. The radar is showing heavy rain to our west and just past
Knoxville. The weather stations vary greatly as to just how much rain they are
expecting and I understand why. The amount of precipitation to be expected at any
location from the type of weather frontal conditions we are experiencing, and will be
experiencing for the next few days, are very difficult to predict. I know just enough
about weather to know that.

I do know the streams will all be getting higher today and they are already at the
borderline of being unsafe to wade, so the situation isn't looking very good. I'm not
about to try to predict what the stream levels will be by this weekend, but I will say,
things aren't looking very favorable. The chances for rain each day doesn't go under
60 percent for the rest of the week. Maybe we will know more in another day or two.
I've got to go to work.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, rain, mainly before 1pm. The high will be near 67. South wind will range from
5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. Tonight, more rain is likely, mainly
after 2am. The low will be around 54.

Wednesday, showers and possibly a thunderstorm are expected. The high will be
near 64. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%.
The low Wednesday night will be around 52.

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

Little River: 564 cfs at 2.53 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate735 cfs at 2,24 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 205 cfs at 2.96 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. According to Angie, it was still
high yesterday afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess it
they are still too high to safely wade.

Current Recommended Streams:  Any low elevation stream.

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

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Quill Gordons: 12/14
nymphs
emerging duns
duns
spinners

Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
adults

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

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 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. Little Brown stoneflies are crawling out of the water to
hatch.

If the water is below 43 degrees, I would stick with the BWO nymph. It it is above that,
I would change to a Blue Quill nymphs. They are little crawler nymphs that are easily
caught and eaten by trout and should be nearing their hatch times.

If you spot something hatching, it will most likely be Cream Midges, Little Brown
stoneflies or small Blue-winged Olives. Little Winter stoneflies could also still be
around hatching. Switch to the adult Little Brown stonefly, or the BWO Dun or
emerger, if it is the BWOs.

Tips for Beginners:
Learn to imitate the most plentiful and available insects and other foods at the time
you are fishing, or continue to use trial and error methods and forever be a mediocre
angler.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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