Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/03/15
There were a few isolated rain showers on the North Carolina side of the park
yesterday. I checked the radar several times, and there were usually some very small
isolated areas getting some rain. The precipitation map also shows that. Oconaluftee
rose again, but fell back down to about the same level.
Moisture continued to come up from the Gulf but it played out before reaching and
crossing the high mountain range along the Appalachian Trial. It was very little, but
as I mentioned yesterday, every little bit helps at this time of the year. Oconaluftee
got just enough to remain the same level. None of the streams on the Tennessee
side got any rain and all of them are getting very low. This is especially true for the
Little River watershed. It should be avoided altogether, except maybe the uppermost
headwaters of the East Prong, above the 2500 foot elevation.
It is going to be hot again today, with only a twenty percent chance of rain. The
chances of rain improves this weekend. We have some customers that will be here to
fish this Labor Day weekend, and for their benefit, I hope we do get some rain. I'm
giving the forecast for Gatlinburg below through Monday.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. It will be mostly sunny,
with a high near 88. Wind will be calm.
Friday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be mostly sunny with a high near 87.
Saturday, showers and thunderstorms are likely. It will be partly sunny with a high
near 84. Southeast wind will be around 5 mph becoming northwest in the morning.
The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday, there is a chance of showers with thunderstorms also possible after noon. It
will be partly sunny with a high near 82. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
Labor Day, there is a slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible
after noon. It will be mostly sunny with a high near 84. The chance of precipitation is
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: 34 cfs at 1.10 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 130 cfs at 1.03 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 in its higher elevations.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to a customer, Hazel is low again, but okay to fish.
Current Recommended Streams:
Most any of the streams above about the 2500 foot elevation.
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
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
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 a Cream Cahill or
Little Yellow Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the
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:
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