Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/02/15
It certainly wasn't much, but every little bit helps. In case you forgot about it, I'm
referring to the wet stuff called rain. Some of the Tennessee side of the park,
including Little River, got some rain last night, but I doubt anyone got their hair wet. It
could have messed up the ladies' makeup. High humidity will do that. Other than us
owning China trillions, Iran getting enough cash to change us back to dust, ISIS, and
local criminals shooting our policemen behind their backs, the ladies' makeup getting
wet is one of the World's biggest problems. I learned that just listening to my wife.   

Little River flow is actually up one cubic foot per second over yesterday's USGS
reading. Oconaluftee got more than any of the streams, but it is already back down
to where it was. Some of the central part of the N. C. side of the park received
between a tenth and a quarter of any inch. I'll be you are thinking, okay, that's
enough written about nothing.

My guess is, the water temperature is reaching the mid-sixties even at elevations
above 2000 feet. Unless your fishing in the early morning, I'm recommending fishing
above the 2500 foot level. Late afternoons are not getting much cooler than the high
for the day temperature; however, although it is a short time span, that is actually the
best time to fish. The reason is, that's when caddisflies (the few there are), and
stoneflies deposit their eggs. It is also the time mayfly spinners fall. There are some
sparse hatches during the day, depending on where you are fishing, but the spinner
falls take place in less than an hour, and usually in just a few minutes very late in the
afternoon after sunset, near dark. That concentrates the bugs on the water for a
short time. You probably can't see them at all, but if you skimmed the surface of the
water with a fine mesh net, near the ends of the riffles and runs, you would find the
clear, spent winged spinners. If you listen carefully, you could probably hear a few
trout sipping them in.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 88. Calm wind will change to come from
the north around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Thursday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 87. Light and variable wind will come
from the north at 5 to 10 mph in the morning.


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: 41 cfs at 1.15 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 133 cfs at 1.04 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 24 cfs at 2.09 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is low, but not to low to fish.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Hazel is low again, but still okay to fish.

Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 2500 foot elevation. I think you should avoid the
Little River watershed. It is very low.

Recommended Trout Flies:

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Blue-winged olives: 18/20 and 14
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor 20/18's and Eastern BWOs, Drunella 14s
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
emergers

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
nymphs
adults

Little Yellow Quills: 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
adults

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 a Cream Cahill or
Little Yellow Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the
insect.

When the Slate Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and BWOs 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 stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these hatches take place during
the evenings. All stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. Fishing a 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.


Tips for Beginners:
Don't let anyone intimidate you by contending that fly fishing is more difficult to learn
and master than other types of fishing. It isn't.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
A Head Shrink may possibly help you

Whatever Hits Me:
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James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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