Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/06/15
With the exception of Little River, most of the streams in the park have fairly good
stream levels. The Little River watershed and Abrams Creek are very much in need
of rain. The summertime weather pattern doesn't show much of a change for the next
week. For the next seven days, the highest odds they are giving for rain in the
Gatlinburg area is 60% on Monday night when the forecast is "thunderstorms are
likely". It seems Spring went away to soon this year.
The water temperature on Little River reached 68 degrees in the Metcalf Bottoms
area yesterday afternoon. The lower the water levels, the faster the water
temperature changes. The temperature is reaching the point it can stress the trout
caught, not to mention the fact the very low levels makes it tougher to catch them. I
would avoid fishing all three prongs of Little River and Abrams Creek until they get
lucky and get some rain. Also, getting to the upper sections or higher elevations of
Little River is going to be trough unless your willing to hike several miles. The firefly
shuttle program operating dates are June 2 - June 9, 2015. This means the road to
Elkmont Campground will be closed except to registered campers. Shuttles will be
operating to the firefly event. .
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 4pm.
It will be mostly sunny with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph
in the afternoon.
Sunday, there's a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and
thunderstorms after 1pm. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 84. The chance of
precipitation is 40%.
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: Rate: 68 cfs at 1.31 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 278 cfs at 1.47 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 52 cfs at 2.30 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but as of yesterday afternoon, it
was a little low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, they were a little low but in decent shape yesterday..
Current Recommended Streams: Any of the streams except the three prongs
of Little River and Abrams Creek.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
American March Browns:
Hook Size: 10/12
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but a few in all of the streams) 16/18
Green Caddis: 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14 (called sulphurs by some)
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Light Cahills: 16
Inch Worms: Hook size : 10/12/14
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 still hatching. If
you spot something else hatching (coming off the water) that is relatively small, it will
most likely be Light Cahills. It it is relatively large, it will probably be an Eastern Pale
Evening Dun or American March Brown. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or
adult imitations of the insect. Slate Drakes are starting to hatch but remember, they
hatch out of the water. Only the spinners get on the water unless it is purely
When March Browns, Slate Drakes, Light Cahills or Eastern Pale Evening Duns are
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, Golden Stoneflies and Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching,
but of course, this takes place during the evenings. Fishing a Giant Black Stonefly
nymph, Golden Stonefly nymph or Little Yellow Stonefly nymph very late in the
afternoon near sunset should produce. If you see the stoneflies depositing their eggs
on the surface of the water, switch to the adult imitation of the stonefly.
Eastern Pale Evening Duns, often called Sulphurs but not true Sulphurs are still
hatching in some areas. True Sulphurs are beginning to hatch. These are not any
and everywhere, but some of the larger pools.
As mentioned above, Light Cahills are hatching. Look for them in the faster water
areas. They will get caught up in the fast water runs and riffles.
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