Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/03/15
Good Monday morning. Thanks for checking in on our website. We have had fewer
fishing reports from the field the past week or two, but I did notice a big increase in
the number of people calling and sending email that are planning trips to the
Smokies to fish this past week. I received five different email request just this
weekend from out of town people planning trips later from August on into the fall
months. I notice there are four "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains" DVD on the
shipping desk going out today from orders over the weekend. The past months DVD
sales have been mostly been Yellowstone DVD, as well as some Smokies and
Yesterday, I had a guy from New Jersey, ask me on the phone what I thought would
be the best time for him to fish the Smokies. Before I gave it any thought, I responded
with "from mid October to mid November". Then it hit me that I better outline the
negatives aspects of that time period. That is my favorite time of the year to fish the
Smokies, but I have received some criticism in the past for recommending that time
frame from anglers fishing streams when they were full of leaves, and others from
anglers who didn't like the crowds of leaf lookers.
A few minutes later, I had another guy ask me what was the best time of the year to
fish the West Branch Delaware River. When I responded with mid May to mid June,
he quickly cut me off sounding aggravated, saying he hated the crowds of anglers
fishing at that time of the year. I didn't exactly like his tone of voice, and responded
with my normal, but very poor sales approach, and said, "Duh, have you ever
wondered why it's crowded at that time of the year?" I continued to say, "I guess what
you mean is, "when is the best time to fish it when no one else is fishing"?
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny and hot with a high near 90. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming northwest in the morning.
Tuesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 88. Calm wind will become northwest around 5 mph in the
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: 80 cfs at 1.38 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 181 cfs at 1.21 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 34 cfs at 2.17 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is low but still okay to fish.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all low but still okay to fish.
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 3000 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
Green Sedges (Caddis): 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Light Cahills: 14/16
Cream Cahills: 14/16
Mahogany Duns: 18
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 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.
Cream Cahills are hatching. Look for them in the faster water areas. They will get
caught up in the fast water runs and riffles. Mahogany Duns should start hatching
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