Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/19/15
Yesterday, I had some telephone calls and a couple of email request asking for
specific location recommendations. In each case, I responded with locations based
on where the person was based, so I thought I would try to short cut that today by
listing some specific locations. Keep in mind, there are many others I am not listing.

If your staying on the Tennessee side of the park:
1. The upper East Prong Little River above Elkmont Campground and tributaries like
Fish Camp Prong. Middle and West Prong Little River, including Abrams Creek, are
mostly too low in elevation.
2. Upper Little Pigeon River above the Chimneys Picnic area, Walkers Camp & Road
Prongs.
3. Upper Middle Prong (Greenbrier) Little Pigeon River above the trailhead.

If your staying on the N.C. side of the park:
1. Raven Fork Creek
2. Upper Cataloochee Creek tributaries.
3. Upper Oconafuftee River above Bradley Fork confluence and tributaries, and  
Upper Bradley Fork and its tributaries a few miles above the campground.

I'm not listing those many high elevation streams that requires a longer hike to reach.
Almost all the major streams above 3000 feet themselves and/or their small
tributaries are choice locations right now, but they require a lot of effort to reach.
Many can be reached from dropping down from the Appalachian Trial.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
noon. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 88. Light west wind will come from the
northwest at 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.

Monday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny and hot with a high near 90. Southwest wind will be around 5 mph becoming
northwest 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: 190 cfs at 1.83 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 322 cfs at 1.57 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: It is back at a good level to fish, especially in the higher
elevations.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are back in good condition.

Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 2500 foot elevation. It is going to be hot again
today. This is summertime.

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
larva
pupa
adults

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

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
emergers

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cream Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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.

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 the Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming
nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are still hatching. If you spot
something else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be Light or Cream
Cahills. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.

When the Slate Drakes, Light or Cream Cahills 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.

Little Yellow and Little Green 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 Little Green 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.

As mentioned above, Light and Cream 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:
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James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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