Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/03/15
It is amazing just how fast the National Weather Service guys can change the
weather forecast. Overnight, the forecast went from a slight chance of rain for only
one day this coming week, to a chance of rain everyday this coming week. I guess
that's called hedging your bets. In other words folks, it might rain every day next week
and it might not rain at all next week.

On a less joking and a more serious note, the weather appears to be headed into
more of a summertime weather pattern than a spring one. The chances of rain is
from the chances of thunderstorms, which is normal May weather. We do need for it
to rain to keep the stream levels up and the trout happy.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny with a high near 76. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming
northwest later in the morning. Tonight's low will be aound 55.

Monday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 77. South wind will be around 5 mph.
Monday night there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly
before 9pm.

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: 212 cfs at 1.90 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 525 cfs at 1.94 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 123 cfs at 2.66 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
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

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: (mostly Abrams but some in all of the streams) 16/18
larva
pupa
adults

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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:
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, Light Cahills or Little Black
Caddis. It it is relatively large, it will be a Hendrickson, Eastern Pale Evening Dun or
American March Brown. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations
of the insect. If you see Blue Quills, BWOs,

When 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. Light Cahill are hatching. Look for them to get
caught up in the fast water runs and riffles. I should have put these in the list about 2
weeks ago. I've been behind with my work and making some mistakes I shouldn't
have made.

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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