Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/06/15
It looks like some of the streams got a bump in the flows yesterday. It didn't take but
an couple of hours for the levels to fall back down as low as they were before the
rain. I checked the radar this morning at 6:30 and it shows there is plenty of rain
headed our way, but the leading edge is just past Nashville. There are some pop up
showers showing in the Smoky Mountain general area. I feel sure the park will get
some rain today and possibly, a little too much for those who may be fishing this
I don't know if you noticed or not, but I added Mahogany Duns to the fly list. They
have started hatching in the low elevations already, and will continue to do so for a
few weeks. Many anglers confuse these with tiny Blue-winged Olives. Some call them
Tricos, but they are not Tricos. The spinners have an almost clear body and are
called Jenny Spinners. They fall late in the day, depending on the sunlight/cloud
situation. They are in the same family and genus as the Quill Gordons. The only
problem with them is they will hatch for the next few weeks in many areas where the
water is too warm for good trout fishing opportunity. That is the case right now
because they are hatching in the Little Pigeon in Gatlinburg in good numbers.
I forgot to mention it, but Angie brought home a beautiful Yellow Drake a couple of
days ago. It was in the car when she returned from the Food City grocery store in
Pigeon Forge. We find them every year, but it seems like we found them before a
little earlier in July. I'm guessing. I haven't made a note of it. I have found them before
near the park boundary, but never in the park. That's the problem with them as far as
being a trout food in this area of the country. From north of Virginia, they do hatch in
some trout streams that have the big burrowers. I assume the smallmouth bass, rock
bass and big bream have a feast on them in the streams that exit the Smokies.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
As usual, I give the forecast from Thursday through Sunday on Thursdays, so those
planning a trip to the Smokies to fish, get a last minute look at the forecast. Today,
expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. The high will be near 82. South
wind will range from 5 to 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. The chance of
precipitation is 80%. Tonight, more showers and thunderstorms. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.
Friday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before
8am. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 82. Northwest wind will be around 5
Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 86. Calm wind will become north wind
around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 85.
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:73 cfs at 1.34 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 184 cfs at 1.22 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 32 cfs at 2.16 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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