Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/18/15
When I first start writing this report, the first thing I usually do is check the stream
levels. I almost always do if there has been a recent chance of rain. I did just that this
morning and admit, I was a little shocked. The reason for that was it rained so hard at
our home in Pigeon Forge yesterday afternoon, it knocked out the satellite TV
reception for several minutes. It was a very hard and steady rain that lasted at least
30 minutes or more. Everything got a good soaking. From looking at the radar a
couple of times earlier in the day, it was obvious a lot of rain was headed our way.
Apparently, it hit a wall or just stopped when it reached the boundary of the National
Park. It is 5:00AM and looking at the radar, it appears it is still raining in North
Carolina east of the park. It is almost like it just jumped over the Great Smoky
Mountains. This has left me scared to predict anything.

I will stick my neck out and say, it appears the month of August is going to be as
perfect for fly fishing the Smokies as it could possibly be. Come on rain!

Perfect Fly just keeps on growing. We will have Perfect Fly fly line backing as soon
as I get time to do the photo and website work to add it. It is braided, terylene
monofilament, anti-tangle, rot proof, and hollow. It is so flourescent and Chartreuse,
mind you, I want to cut it up and make flies out of it.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, we can expect showers with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. The high
will be near 80. The chance of precipitation is 90%. Tonight, there's an 80% chance.

Wednesday, we should have showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. It will be
mostly cloudy with a high near 84. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 60%.


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: 64 cfs at 1.29 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 175 cfs at 1.19 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: Not sure at this time

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all probably still low

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
larva
pupa
adults

Green Sedges (Caddis): 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
pupa
adults

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
emergers

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cream Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Mahogany Duns: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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.

Strategy:
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
any time.

Tips for Beginners:
None

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you for visiting our website

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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