Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/09/15
Yesterday, I mentioned that we have "slightly lower air temperatures" and that was
helping to improve the fishing conditions, but after spending a little time outside, I
decided I may have been wrong about that. The girls from Ukraine, passing by the
house on their way to work in Pigeon Forge, still think they are in a tropical paradise.
The air temperatures will be slowly dropping all week, with highs only in the mid to low
eighties near the end of the week. That doesn't seem like much, but the difference it
will make in the water temperature of the streams in the park, will be significant.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
We do have a good chance of rain on Monday and Tuesday but today will be mostly
sunny with a high near 88. Light and variable wind will be from the northwest at 5 to
10 mph in the afternoon.
Monday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 9am. It will
be partly sunny, with a high near 87. Monday night, we can expect showers and
thunderstorms, mainly before 3am. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tuesday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 85. Northwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
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 163 cfs at 1.15 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 30 cfs at 2.14 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 2500 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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