Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/11/15
I know this isn't probable, but I can at least day dream about it. I would like to take
President Obama fly fishing. I would take him fly fishing for trout on the Animas River
in the beautiful and lovely resort town of Durango, Colorado, one of Angie and I's
favorite destinations. That is, if he enjoys trout fishing. He may prefer a boat ride
down the San Juan River from the state of Colorado, through northern New Mexico,
all the way to Utah. I could take him to where I fished with Gary Klien, well known
professional bass tournament angler, when he won his first ever national tournament
back in the mid 1970s. That is where the San Juan enters beautiful Lake Powell.
Surely, he would enjoy the beauty of Lake Powell. We may have to wait another week
for the conditions to be right, but I could also take him down the lake to the dam.
Heck, I could take him to Lees Ferry, the tailwater of Lake Powell, just below that
dam, where big rainbow trout are common. That is the Colorado River, by the way.
You know, the one that flows through the Grand Canyon.
On my second day dream thought, It wouldn't be right that just the two of us enjoyed
such a trip. Most drift boats and bass boats will hold at least three people. He could
invite another top U.S. Government official, one the democrats have always been
very proud of, the head of the EPA. In the event you are not familiar with the
organization, it is the Environmental Protection Agency. It is a huge government
bureaucracy, established to Protect (not destroy) the environment.
The only thing I would ask the two gentlemen for in return for their heavy metal
fishing and boating trip, would be both their resignations. Just think about it. If that
happened, we wouldn't have to ask a newly appointed EPA head knocker to fire any
and every government employee involved with this, a huge crisis for humanity, as
well as the billions of plants and animals that are and will continue to be affected for a
long time. He would do that voluntary. They would know I changed the current
situation. They would know that government employees, including the XXXXXX
responsible parties at the Veterans Administration, can be fired.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Read it for yourself. I'm too disgusted to write any more.
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: 63 cfs at 1.28 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 160 cfs at 1.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 29 cfs at 2.13 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
Tips for Beginners:
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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