Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/15/15
There is one thing nice about this morning's rain. It let me sleep a couple of hours
without waking up to go to the bath room, even though I have a 14 inch stint in
my,...Oh well, that's enough information for you. Toughest thing I have had to go
through yet, but I'm not complaining. I know there are many things worse. It doesn't
hurt any more to work (non physical) than it does to rest, so I've doing my normal 12
hours a day of work.

I wish I could tell everyone what the outlook on stream levels will be during the next
few days. I really wish I could. If I could predict the weather that well, Forbes would be
writing about me rather than Johnny Morris. I wouldn't charge anyone that fished for
the information. I wouldn't charge the farmers very much either. Well, on second
thought, I would charge the Mexican farmers. I would charge the California people
dealing with the drought a lot, the TVA a fortune, but I wouldn't give Iran or Russia a
single clue about anything. Heck, I would probably make a good President.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, showers are likely with thunderstorms also possible after 9am. It will be cloudy
with a high near 71. Calm wind will change to the northwest around 5 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 60%. Early this morning, the radar shows it is raining all
over the Smoky Mountains area, so I guess the weather guys will get some coffee
and change that later, or maybe they won't. Wednesday night, showers are likely and
possibly a thunderstorm. It will be cloudy, with a low around 53.

Wednesday, showers are likely, mainly before 3pm. It will be cloudy with a high near
64. Southeast wind will be around 5 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: 291 cfs at 2.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 827 cfs at 2.36 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 167 cfs at 2.83 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:  If it rains much, you need to watch the
levels and possibly stick with a smaller 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

Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
nymphs
emergers
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.
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 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
the mayfly.

Tips for Beginners:
None

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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