Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/24/15
I'm sorry I have missed doing this report the past couple of days. I have just now got
to the point that I can do much of anything. For the past two months, I have done
most of my work from my bedside. I hope I've made my last trip to the hospital for a
while. On Tuesday, they removed the 14 inch long stint (plastic tube) from my
insides. It was my 6th trip to a hospital within the last few months, one of which was a
six day stay.

There could have been a lot worse things happen to me, so I'm not complaining. I'm
still above the ground. I will say that I don't think it's possible to go through any more
pain that I've endured for the last couple of months from the large kidney stone I had.
I guess it's paying the price of getting older.

I want to thank all of you that I didn't have a chance to talk to on the phone, or reply
to your kind "get well" email. It was very much appreciated.

After about another week, I intend to set up my old gym set and begin to try to build
back some strength. After thinking about it for a few days, I cannot remember having
ever gone as long without fishing. Except for some of the time I was in the Army,
that's going back to when I was probably 10 to 12 years old. It has been over two
months since I have made a cast, and then it was only a few very short trips to the
park. I can't think of any other time in my grown life, I've gone as much as two months
without fishing. I know I haven't gone that long during the past forty years.

The girls have done an excellent job keeping up with the orders coming in. They
shipped out 32 orders today, and around that many for most of the last few days. I've
been able to answer questions, but that's about it. In addition to myself, I've had two
other guys working on our three websites for the past three or four months and we
are still behind. It's a never ending process that's requiring more and more work to
try and keep up with all the changes Google and others are coming up with.

You should have a good day for fishing today, but I don't know what the situation will
be for (Saturday) tomorrow. It will be a matter of just how much rain we get tonight
and in the morning. The rain itself, shouldn't be a problem, but the stream levels
could be. The ground is saturated and the levels are still on the high side, so it will be
another wait and see situation.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect areas of frost before 9am, it will otherwise be mostly sunny with a high
near 68. Light and variable wind will change to the north at 5 to 10 mph in the The
chance of precipitation is 70%.

Saturday, expect showers and thunderstorms. The high will be near 71. South wind
will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Saturday night's low
will be around 56.
Sunday, there's a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8am, then a chance
of showers between 8am and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms after 2pm. It will be partly sunny with a high near 69. The chance of
precipitation is 30%.

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: 1000 cfs at 3.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 1740 cfs at 3.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 393 cfs at 3.48 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. I feel sure it is still blown out this
morning.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. I feel sure
they are still blown out.

Current Recommended Streams:  Small streams in the mid to higher
elevations.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

American March Browns: 10/12
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

Eastern Green Drakes: 4/6 (Abrams Creek Only)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18
larva
pupa
adults

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

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-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.

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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