Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/19/15
Yesterday, turned out to be as well as anyone should have expected. If you found
some small streams you could wade, you probably did very well up until the rain
came around mid afternoon. Tomorrow, I'll be posting some information from Derek
Porter who fished Cataloochee Creek a few days ago.
I've taken the time to catch up to date on the recommended fly list below. I mentioned
that I added the American March Browns yesterday, but about a week, or so late.
Today, I'm adding another one that should start to hatch anytime now - the Giant
Black Stonefly. The Blue Quills, Little Browns Stoneflies, and Little Black Caddis and
Hendricksons/Red Quills will be coming off the list in about another week to two
weeks,but probably still exist in some streams.
I'm also adding two more insects that you will find starting to hatch in Abrams Creek
any day now - the Cinnamon Caddis and the big Eastern Green Drake. Actually, the
Cinnamon Caddis exist in just about all the stream to some extent, but it isn't very
plentiful other than in Abrams, where it exist in large numbers.
I hope to stay caught up on this website, but I will be having another surgery
procedure this week. I hope they will be removing the 14 inch long plumbing pipe
(stint) that is currently hidden inside my old body.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 11am, then showers and
thunderstorms after 11am. The high will be near 74. South wind will be from 5 to 10
mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
Monday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely and
possibly a thunderstorm after 2pm. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 73.
Southwest wind will range from 10 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. 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: 531 cfs at 2.65 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 983 cfs at 2.54 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 218 cfs at 3.00 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 still too high to wade, as of
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Customers
are reporting they high but falling. They are still too high too wade.
Current Recommended Streams: Small streams at the middle to higher
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
Blue Quills: 18
American March Browns: 10/12
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
Eastern Green Drakes: 4/6 (Abrams Creek Only)
Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18
Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
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-winged Olive Nymph.
They are little swimming 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 Hendrickson or American March Brown.
Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect. If you see
Blue Quills, BWOs, March Browns or Hendricksons/Red Quills 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.
Giant Black Stoneflies should begin to hatch any day now. Fishing a Giant Black
Stonefly nymph very late in the afternoon near sunset may produce a very large trout
for you. The nymphs are coming out from under their hiding places to fully develop
their wing pads.
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