Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/28/15
Headline News! No, they didn't catch the other escaped prisoner but it rained in the
Little River watershed. The water levels in all three prongs are up. It will be sunny
and cool through tomorrow and the chances of rain will return during the middle and
end of the week. In other words, the weather forecast is excellent.
A couple of quick tips to bore those that fish the Smokies on a regular basis:
1. Get off the roads in the park on your two feet for at least a few yards. Visitors are
constantly walking up to the streams and looking at the beautiful scenery, spooking
the trout, and you will probably be wasting your time fishing there.
2. Look for wet foot prints on the rocks and boulders and along the banks. If you see
any, move to a different location. You are probably waisting time fishing behind
someone, or someone that was playing in the water.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny with a high near 81. Northwest wind will be around 5 mph.
Tonight, will be mostly clear with a low around 58.
Monday, there's a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. It will
be mostly sunny with a high near 85. South wind will be from 5 to 10 mph becoming
west in the afternoon.
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: 146 cfs at 1.67 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 453 cfs at 1.82 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 53 cfs at 2.31 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: I'm sure it is way up, but I won't see it until later this morning.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
From looking at the precip map, I feel sure they are in good shape.
Current Recommended Streams:
I think you can fish about anywhere you want to tolday.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but a few in all of the streams) 16/18
Green Sedges (Caddis): 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Light Cahills: 16
Inch Worms: Hook size : 10/12/14
Green/Tan/Orange Hoppers: 10/12
Black Carpenter Ants: 16/18
Japanese Beetles: 16/14
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 Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming nymphs
that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are hatching. If you spot something
else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be Light Cahills or Sulphurs.
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 the Slate Drakes, Light Cahills or Sulphurs 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.
Golden Stoneflies and Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these
hatches take place during the evenings. Both species of stoneflies crawl out of the
water to hatch. Fishing a 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
As mentioned above, Light Cahills and in some isolated area, Sulphurs,are hatching.
Look for the Light Cahills in the faster water areas. They will get caught up in the fast
water runs and riffles. Look for the Sulphurs in the slower water of the larger pools.
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