Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/12/15
Today is going to be another great day for fly fishing Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. We couldn't ask for any better early spring conditions than we
currently have. Yesterday, I took my first walk outside the house since kidney tube
surgery this past Tuesday. I made it to the top of the hill (about a hundred yards) and
back. I guess I looked so pitiful and harmless, I didn't even manage to spook the wild
turkey that have been hanging around the house. They just moved a few feet away
and watched me. I will have to have another surgery procedure in a week or two to
remove some things left inside, and hopefully, I'll be able to return to doing some
things I have missed very much for the last month or two. Thanks to all of you for
your concerns. Everyone at Perfect Fly is doing a great job without my help. We are
managing to ship out from thirty to sixty orders a day. I have managed to keep my
email and telephone calls at least mostly up to date, As long as it has anything to do
with fishing, I enjoy working, even when it is from my bedside.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 77. South wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 11pm. The low will be
Monday, showers are likely, mainly after 2pm. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near
73. South wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
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: 303 cfs at 2.19 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 642 cfs at 2.11 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 151 cfs at 2.77 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 about
normal yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Customers
are reporting they are is very good shape.
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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