Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/17/15
The larger streams are all still a little too high to safely wade, but if you are careful,
you should be able to pick some spots to get in the water. They will continue to fall all
day today. Most of the smaller streams should provide some opportunity for wading.
Just be sure you use a lot of caution doing so. It only takes one wrong move to get
into serious trouble. Every year I read or hear of anglers drowning while wading and
I'm certain none of them intended to do so.

It has been warm enough lately that the small, middle elevation streams should be
warm enough to produce hatches of Quill Gordons and other aquatic insects shown
below. I am guessing, I haven't had the chance to take the water temperature
anywhere and you should certainly do that. You want to be fishing water that goes
into the fifties during mid-afternoon, versus the high forties.

I did hear from a few customers who were able to catch a few trout the past few days.
None of them set any records because I'm sure having to skip-hop around and pick
certain spots to cast slows the catching process.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. There will be Increasing
clouds, with a high near 72. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Tonight's low will
be around 37.

Wednesday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 61. Northeast wind will be around 5
mph. Wednesday night, rain is likely, mainly after 3:00AM. The low will be around 45
and the chance of precipitation is 70%.

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: 604 cfs at 2.60 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 924 cfs at 2,48 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 227 cfs at 303 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It was still high yesterday
afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. I feel
certain they are still a little too high to safely wade.

Current Recommended Streams:  Any small, low elevation stream. Wading is
still dangerous with the current levels but the water levels are slowly falling.

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, I would fish a size 18 Blue Quill Nymph. They are
little crawler nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are currently
hatching.

If you spot something hatching (coming off the water) that is relatively small, it will
most likely be Blue Quills, Blue-winged Olives,or Little Black Caddis. It it is relatively
large, it will be a Quill Gordon. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult
imitations of the insect.  

Tips for Beginners:
Beware of the high, swift water.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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