Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/09/15
All the streams are running very low this early morning. Little River is in the worst
shape, including all three prongs and all tributaries. It should be avoided until it rains
and hopefully, that will be soon.
There is a big line of rain along a frontal system headed this way but it has the entire
state of Tennessee to cross before it get to the Smokies. Maybe, we will have some
pop showers prior to that.
At one time, I post comments about our Perfect Flies and other product on our
Perfect Fly website. I stopped doing so a year or two ago because we receive so
many. One, I won't ever forget is when a man wrote and said he opened the package
and left some of the stonefly nymphs on the kitchen table when he went to look for
another fly box and scared his wife to death. She screamed and thought they were
real. We probably average about one complimentary email a day. This one was in
our Perfect Fly inbox this morning, and I thought I would post it. By the way, we don't
have a review site that I know of. There is probably such a thing I'm not familiar with.
I received my order today. I have to say, these flies look amazing. This is definitely a
higher quality of product than what I have received from other distributors. Is there a
review site that you use or some place that you recommend people leaving comments
about your products. Whether or not they are effective for catching trout depends on
my presentation, water conditions, weather, etc. However, the quality of the product
is something that only you have any impact on, and these flies look absolutely great.
Thanks for making my day and please let me know if there is a forum or review board
where I can attest to the quality of your flies.
Thanks again and have a nice evening,
Facts are, our flies are far superior to the generic trout flies sold by most fly shops.
They get the great majority from one of three major distributors, and all three of them
import the flies from foreign countries. We sell all the same generic flies the fly shops
sell at a dollar each and that includes shipping cost. We do that only to show that the
prices for our Perfect Flies are not high compared to what you get from the shops
and box stores. Hopefully, we will be able to increase our inventory to over 250,000
by next March. We keep 27 tiers working full time, year round and have recently
added some more that are in training. We have over 200 of our own patterns and sell
about that many other patterns developed by others. The numbers have at least
doubled each year for the past six years. The reason is, they work. They catch fish,
and really show off in smooth flowing clear water where the trout get a good look at
the fly. We are the only company in the World that have specific imitations of most all
the important aquatic insects, in all stages of life.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers and possibly
a thunderstorm after 9am. The high will be near 82. South wind will around 5 mph
becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 80%.
Thursday, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm. It will be cloudy with a high
near 80. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
the 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 125 cfs at 1.01 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 23 cfs at 2.108 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is flowing low. Fish it only in the highest elevations
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Hazel and other streams draining into Cherokee are flowing low and should be fished
only in the high elevations.
Current Recommended Streams:
Most any of the streams above about the 2000 foot elevation except the Little River
watershed, including the East, West and Middle prongs and all tributaries. It is
extremely low, far lower than the other major watersheds in the park.
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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