Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/28/15
Yesterday, just as soon as I wrote about the nice outlook for this week and coming
weekend, I begin to worry about the ever changing weather forecast. In fact, I
mentioned in the very next sentence that Springtime weather is always changing.
Actually, nothing changed from yesterday, except the weather experts increased the
odds of rain from Wednesday (tonight actually) through Friday. They always tend to
do that the closer it gets to the time a cold front passes.

I'll quit rambling and state that as of now, I don't have a clue what the situation will be
this weekend. There could be perfect steam levels and the streams could be blown
out. The only good news is, they still aren't predicting any heavy amounts. Let's just
hope that it is low and that the streams stay at a good wading level. It is going to
warm up a few degrees and that will only help.

Reports from customers are ranging from good to not so good. One thing I will note
that can make a big difference is the time of day you fish. Not only is the water on
the cool side in the mornings, the current hatches, mostly American March Browns,
are sporadic throughout the day, hatching off and on. They hatch over a long period
of time from the start of the hatch to the end and throughout each day. In other
words, it is inconsistent. What you can count on is the spinner fall. The benefit of
fishing it is that everything that hatched will fall and within less than an hour, often
within a few minutes. This concentrates the food and the trout usually feed heavily
and continue to do so for as much as an hour after the spinner fall ends. On very
clear days, it usually occurs near dark. On cloudy day, it usually happen earlier, an
hour or two before dark.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind will be around 5 mph.
Tonight, showers are likely after 2am. The low will be around 48. The chance of
precipitation is 70%.

Wednesday, expect showers. High near 60. Calm wind will become northwest around
5 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

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: 279 cfs at 2.13 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 727 cfs at 2.23 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 164 cfs at 2.82 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 getting into good shape
yesterday afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. According
to a customer, they were getting in good shape yesterday afternoon.

Current Recommended Streams:  Most streams should be okay today.

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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