Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/07/15
Little change has taken place since yesterday, except that all streams are a little
lower due to the lack of rain. With the exception of Little River, most of the stream's
water levels are high enough to fish. You will have to stay hidden, use good
imitations of the most plentiful and available insects and make good presentations to
catch trout, but it can be done successfully if you do a good job. The Little River
watershed and Abrams Creek are in bad shape, very much in need of rain. They are
not only too low, they are getting too warm during the afternoons. You should avoid
fishing them. It will be getting a little cooler on Monday with a better chance of rain
and maybe conditions will improve.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. It will
be mostly sunny with a high near 88.

Monday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be mostly
sunny with a high near 84. Southwest wind will be around 10 mph.

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: 64 cfs at 1.29 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 253 cfs at 1.41 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 50 cfs at 2.29 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 low but not too low to fish.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, they were a low but in decent shape yesterday..

Current Recommended Streams: Any of the streams mid to high elevations
except the three prongs of Little River and Abrams Creek.

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

American March Browns:
Hook Size: 10/12
nymphs
emerging duns
duns
spinners

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but a few in all of the streams) 16/18
larva
pupa
adults

Green Caddis: 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
pupa
adults

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14 (called sulphurs by some)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Sulphurs: 16/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
emergers

Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
nymphs
adults

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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.
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 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
accidental.

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.

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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