Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/10/15
Looking over what I wrote yesterday, the only thing I wish I had of added was relative
to the Hendricksons and Red Quills. I mentioned they would be starting to hatch in
the larger pools of the lower elevations but not any and all of them. We have found
these mayflies to be very scattered and unless you already know a certain pool
holds them, I don't recommend you look for them. You will do better fishing the upper
middle to higher elevations where quill gordons, more blue quills, BWOs, some Little
Brown stoneflies and possibly some Little Black Caddis may still be hatching. As
warm as it has been, you also may see Hendricksons and American March Browns in
the middle elevations. The bottom line is, there is more food available for the trout in
the middle elevations at this time and that will increase your odds. It is FOOD that
turns the trout on and makes it easier to catch them. It has nothing directly to do
with the water temperature as some less than knowledgeable people think. It only
affects the feeding in an indirect manner.
How much rain are we going to get today and how is the water going to be? You tell
me and we will both know. Seriously, we can only check the precipitation map after it
stops this afternoon to know. The USGS stations will be responding to slow today
(takes a while for the water to drain out of the park) to be of any help.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, you can expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 5pm. The high will
be near 72. West wind will be around 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. It
is raining now, so lets make that 100%. Tonight, there is a 30 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms before 8pm.
Saturday, will be sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind will become north around 5
mph in the morning. Saturday night's low will be around 43.
Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 77. Southeast wind will be from 5 to 10
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: 382 cfs at 2.37 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 772 cfs at 2.29 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 175 cfs at 2.86 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 a little
high yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Customers
are reporting they are on the high side but still fishable in most cases.
Current Recommended Streams: You need to watch the levels and possibly
stick with a smaller stream.
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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