Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/01/15
For a change, the weather forecast looks absolutely great for the next week. The
stream levels are currently in very good shape, and I don't think the conditions for fly
fishing on the streams of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park could be any

Another plus is there shouldn't be any shortage of easy to acquire food for the trout
during the next week. The lower elevation streams should start producing some new
hatches which I have added below. The middle and higher elevations should produce
more of some of the same emerging aquatic insects than they have during the past
few days. By the middle of next week, we should see different hatches taking place at
all elevations. In some locations, the problem will change from few hatches to
handling multiple hatches.

When multiple hatches occur, although you may catch a few trout on more than one
type of fly, contrary to what some fly shop salesman want you to think, that doesn't
mean the trout will eat anything and every thing you throw at them. They will always
focus on and position themselves in the streams
to eat the most available and
plentiful food at the time.
Well presented flies that imitate that particular food will
always give you much higher odds of success.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a 20 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy with a high
near 63. North wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Tonight's low will be around 45.

Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 69. Light and variable wind will
change to the north around 5 to 10 mph in the morning. Saturday night's low will be
around 47.

Sunday, will be sunny with a high near 74. Southeast wind will be around 5 mph
becoming northwest in the afternoon.

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: 256 cfs at 2.07 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 656 cfs at 2.13 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 146 cfs at 2.75 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but it is in good shape.

Current Recommended Streams:  All the streams should be okay.

Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18

Blue Quills: 18

American March Browns: 10/12
emerging duns

Little Black Caddis: 18

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females

Eastern Green Drakes: 4/6 (Abrams Creek Only)

Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but some in all of them) 16/18

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14

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.
If you fished the day or two before and know where something is hatching, fish the
nymph or larva stage of it. If you haven't fished the day or two before, 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,

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. Little
Yellow Stoneflies are beginning to hatch. The nymphs are coming out from under
their hiding places to fully develop their wing pads and crawling out on the rocks and
banks to hatch. Fishing a nymph imitation of them late in the day is a good strategy
in areas you know they have started to hatch..Eastern Pale Evening Duns, often
called Sulphurs but not true Sulphurs (which will hatch later on) are starting to hatch
in some areas. These are not any and everywhere, but some of the larger pools.
Where they do exist, they can be important. By the way,
these are not Pale Evening
Duns, which are a western species.

Tips for Beginners:

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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