Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/06/15
Sorry about the lack of reports the past three days. We have been extremely busy at
Perfect Fly and I have had to spend most of my time helping get large numbers of
shipments ready, training some new part time employees, adding a new computer
system, and several other not so fun things. I may not get a report out in the morning
but I will try. I have finally been cleared by the heart doctor for getting a kidney stone
removed and that will be done (I hope) early tomorrow morning.
I have received several good reports from customers fishing the Smokies the past
few days. Three different groups and one individual reported catching some good
numbers of trout last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The streams were a little high
yesterday, and I haven't seen any reports from that yet. If you use good imitations
(Perfect Flies) of the most plentiful and available food at the time, you will do far
better than those who think the trout are stupid, can't see, and get excited over
catching a few small brook trout.
Derek Porter and buddies will be fishing this week, and as always, he brings a lot of
rain with him. He wades the streams anyway, as long as it isn't over his head and if it
was, he would probably use a float tube. It will be a "wait and see" situation all week
as far as knowing the stream levels. There is rain forecast every day for the next
week, mostly later this week. The estimates of the sites range a great deal as normal.
The best way to know what is going on other than looking at the three USGS station
reports linked below is the National Weather service "precipitation map". Zoom in on
the park and you can see which watersheds have received the most rain.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a chance of showers, then showers are likely and possibly a
thunderstorm this afternoon. The high will be near 66. South wind will be around 5
mph becoming west in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm. The chance of precipitation
Tuesday, there is a chance of showers with thunderstorms also possible. It will be
mostly cloudy with a high near 77. West wind will be from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 50%.
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: 421 cfs at 2.45 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 545 cfs at 1.97 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 135 cfs at 2.71 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 about a normal level
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Customers
are reporting they are in good shape as of yesterday afternoon.
Current Recommended Streams: You should be able to fish just about
anywhere in the park.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
Blue Quills: 18
Quill Gordons: 12/14
Little Black Caddis: 18
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females
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.
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 happen to know where Quill Gordons are currently hatching, you
should start out in the morning fishing a Quill Gordon nymph.
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
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