Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/25/15
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I have lots of good fishing reports from customers in my email and phone messages.
Conditions have been excellent recently. I think they have a good chance of
continuing, provided the rain headed our way isn't too heavy. We will have an early
spring cold front spoil the nice warm weather this coming weekend, but I think it will
affect the attitude of anglers far more than it will affect the trout.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. It will be partly sunny with
a high near 73. South wind will be around 5 mph. Tonight's low will be around 52.

Thursday, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers are likely
and possibly a thunderstorm after 4pm. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73.
South wind will be from 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of
precipitation is 60%. Thursday night, showers and possibly a thunderstorm before
midnight, then a chance of showers. The low will be around 40. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.

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: 291 cfs at 2.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 614 cfs at 2,07 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 138 cfs at 2.72 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 in good shape yesterday
afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess
is they are a little high.

Current Recommended Streams:  You will find better stream levels on the TN
side. You should be able to fish any lower to medium 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, 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. If you see Blue Quills, BWOs, or Quill Gordons hatching,
there will be a spinner fall late in the day. Often, you can catch more trout fishing the
spinner fall quicker than you can during the hatch. Change to the spinner imitation of
the mayfly.

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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