Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/16/15
For the last three or four months, I have been guilty of rushing through this report,
rarely editing anything I write, and some days, not writing anything. Some would think
that would change in August, but you may be surprised to hear August is always our
busiest month of the year, and has been since we started Perfect Fly seven years
ago. I'm not exactly sure why, but my guess is because it is a lag time, or the dogs
days of summer time frame or period. That may also sound strange, but by that I
mean it is a time when anglers have a little slack in the schedules and are planning
trips for the upcoming cooler months. In the eastern part of the country, and
especially in the Smokies, the same thing happens in February and March, but that's
far too early for fly anglers in most parts of the country. The southwestern states are
the only areas of the country that fall in line with the southern states in that regard.
Most orders coming in this month are for western states, but the dog days also give
eastern anglers time to plan their fishing trips for the cooler weather of mid
September through November. In other words, we get orders throughout the country
and for that matter, many foreign countries.
Again, I underestimated our growth for this year. I based it on 1 1/2 times last year's
business and it is almost double. We are doing fine in the fulfillment end of the
business. Our inventory of flies is staying higher because I kelp our 27 fly tiers
working full time for the last year and a half, and in fact, set two other new groups of
tiers up that should be productive soon.
The girls are organized much better than I am and get the orders out on time in very
large numbers. There is a controlling factor with that. Like flies are tied, one at a time
by hand, they have to be selected and shipped to customers one at a time by hand.
I'm the one with the problem. Not only do I get a dozen to three dozen emails a day
on the average, I get from a half dozen to three dozen telephone calls a day asking
for informations on various streams. That still isn't the biggest job I have. It is the web
work that takes the most time.
You may have heard that Google is a monopoly, and I can assure you that is a fact.
I'm sure not suggesting we need more government regulations, but the Feds are far
behind on keeping up with the Internet. This is serious with regard to security, but
also with regard to controlling the economy. To get the point across, consider that
Amazon is now a bigger company that Walmart. You read that right. By that I mean in
terms of net worth. Of course, they are a stock company and the correct term is
stock. In other words, they are worth more than Walmart and making more money
than Walmart doing only about a forth of the total volume of business.
Back to the big problem, someone is in almost full control of who buys what on the
Internet and that is Google. Other search engines rely mostly on Google. They can
and do, manipulate the market. To be successful, even on a small basis like Perfect
Fly, you have to be found on the World Wide Web and Google is changing the rules
of how that is done all the time. By the way, they don't announce what they are. They
are apparently top secret. They give you clues and that is about it. They not only
constantly change the rules of the game, they change it to where it profits Google the
most. To make it simple, Google has more to do with who buys what on the Internet
I work several hours a week, updating websites and we have 4 other part time
employees and one company doing it as well. That is the most time consuming end of
the business. That is the most important part of the business. If you're not on the first
page of the Google search engine for all the important key word phrases that relate
to your business and everything you sell, you don't exist.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Wow! They just keep increasing the chances of rain and for everyday for the next
week. Today, expect scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 3pm. It will
be partly sunny with a high near 83. Calm wind will change to come from the west
around 5 mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 30%.
Monday, there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
9am. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 81. Southeast wind will be around 5 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: 61 cfs at 1.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 178 cfs at 1.20 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 35 cfs at 2.18 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is low but fine to fish.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all low but fine to fish.
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 2000 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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