Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/27/15
I'm sorry I missed another report yesterday. Anglers continued to report they were
catching good numbers of trout.

I stopped at a Quick Mart store in Pigeon Forge, yesterday, and when I returned,
there was an American March Brown dun sitting on the front seat of the Jeep. Of
course, the Pigeon River at that location doesn't hold any trout, but it tells me the
water at that point was warm enough for them to start hatching. It also means that it
won't be long before they will begin to hatch in trout waters inside the park.
Hendricksons and Red Quills will start about the same time, usually a week or so
before the March Browns. They are crawler, moderate water related species and
there are not near as many of them in the fast water streams of the Smokies as there
are March Browns but in sections of the streams where they do exist, they hatch in
good numbers.

I just wrote that knowing hatches  will slow down to some extent during the next two or
three days. There is a strong cold front that will be passing through. Dropping water
temps slow down the hatches in sections of the streams where they haven't  yet
begin to hatch, but not where the hatches are underway. Once the insects are
developing their wing pads, they usually continue and emerge in spite of the water
temperature. This does usually results in a lot of cripples. It will also slow down the
surface feeding action of the trout. As I mentioned a day or two ago, it is usually more
of a mental problem with the anglers than it is with the trout, but you shouldn't expect
the surface action to continues they way it has been the past few days.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, the is a slight chance of rain before 3pm, then a slight chance of rain after
5pm. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 48. Northwest wind will be from 5 to 10
mph. The chance of precipitation is 20%. Tonight, rain and snow showers are likely
before midnight, then a chance of snow showers. It will be mostly cloudy with a low
around 25. Northwest wind around will be around 10 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch is possible.

Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 41. Northwest wind will be from 5 to
10 mph. Saturday night's low will be around 23.

Sunday, will be sunny with a high of 56.  Southeast wind will be around 5 mph.

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: 328 cfs at 2.25 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 621 cfs at 2.08 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 170 cfs at 2.84 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 in good shape.

Current Recommended Streams:  You should be able to fish any lower to
medium elevation streams.

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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