Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/08/15
The two streams with USGS stations on the North Carolina side of the park show the
Oconaluftee River and Cataloochee Creek are flowing at a normal level this morning.
From looking at the National Weather Service precipitation map, I would guess Hazel
and other streams on that side of the park are also in good shape.
Little River and Abrams Creek continue to be in bad shape, needing water badly.
The only good news is they are at the same levels as they were yesterday morning.
I'm not sure what the effect of some rain last night had on the Little Pigeon River. I
haven't seen it this morning. The other good news is the weather service has
increased it chances of rain at Gatlinburg from 60 to 80% for tonight. I feel confident
the streams in the park will get some rain from the passing of the oncoming front.
That is the highest number I've seen in a long time. I have a good feeling Little River
is going to get some help tonight. At least I hope it does. From a chance of rain
standpoint, the forecast looks good again for the upcoming weekend.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
11am. It will be partly sunny with a high near 84. Southwest wind will be around 10
mph. Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely. The chance of precipitation is
Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 11am. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 82. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 60%.
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 367 cfs at 1.66 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 61 cfs at 2.36 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..My guess is
they are near normal this morning.
Current Recommended Streams: Any of the streams mid to high elevations
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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