Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/08/15
I have received several good fishing reports from the Smokies during the last three
or four days. I think the slightly lower air temperature and maybe even the light
showers helped a lot.
One guy caught some nice browns on the Oconaluftee River, but other than that, it
was mostly all small rainbows and lots of brook trout. I had reports from one customer
of brook trout numbers of over 70 fish in a day for an all day, high elevation trip. He
reported averaging 30 to 40 brook trout two other days. He asked I didn't reveal the
stream, so I won't, but it was on the North Carolina Side of the park. Two other
groups reported doing well with very good numbers on the N. C. side of the park.
I had two good reports from different brook trout streams on the Tennessee side of
the park. The numbers were also high for the hours they put in. They were from the
upper Little River watershed and upper Little Pigeon River tributaries. Except for one
person, I guess I should say all were younger groups of guys that did a lot of hiking.
Most of the fish, except for the browns, were caught on either a Light Cahill or Cream
Cahill dun, or our Japanese Beetle. I guess I should also write that normally we hear
far more good reports than lousy ones, simply because most guys don't like reporting
poor results. You should never use reports from previous trips of others for the basis
of a strategy. About all you should make out these or any reports for that matter, is it
appears the recent drop in the air temperatures as well as a little rain and added
oxygen, seemed to have helped the conditions.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
I think we will have a good chance of more rain on Monday and Tuesday. Today, will
be mostly sunny with a high near 87. Light northeast wind will come from the north at
5 to 10 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 89. South 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:96 cfs at 1.46 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 191 cfs at 1.24 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
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all low
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 3000 foot elevation.
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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