Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/11/15
As I usually do on Thursdays, I'm giving the weather forecast for the Gatlinburg area
through Sunday. This time, I like it. Sure as I write that, things won't turn out the way I
think they will, but those that would say I'm being over-optimistic, probably don't know
that is par for my course. They just keep creeping up the chances of rain and that is
what we need. July and August are coming soon, and we all know what that means.

My buddy Harvey took advantage of a stop on the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon
yesterday. He hooked a few rainbow in what he described as a beautiful location
near the confluence of Porters Creek. He is right. It is a beautiful stream, with a lot of
willing to eat rainbows.

I've got to get some changes made on the recommended flies, taking some off the list
below and adding some others, mostly terrestrials. Right now, I'm still busy as a
one-arm wall paper hanger.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. The  
high will be near 84. Tonight, there is a 30% chance of showers and thunderstorms.

Friday, there is a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms are likely
after 8am. It will be partly sunny with a high near 83. The chance of precipitation is
60%.

Saturday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 85.

Sunday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny, with a high near 88.

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: 98 cfs at 1.47 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 318 cfs at 1.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 55 cfs at 2.32 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: Yesterday afternoon it was near a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to our customers, it was a little above normal yesterday.

Current Recommended Streams: I think you can fish about anywhere you
want to today and have a good opportunity.

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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