Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/04/15
It seems like most of the summer, I have been complaining about the low levels of the
Little River watershed and for the first time I can remember, being low has turned out
to be a very good thing for it. It appears to be about the only watershed that isn't very
high this morning. Most of the rain has missed it again. I'm sure all the streams on the
North Carolina side of the park are too high to wade, and I think most all of them on
the Tennessee side except Little River are too high to wade. Little river is high but
could be waded by those that use caution, and it appears either of the three prongs
could be fished this morning. The USGS gauge appears to be headed down right
now instead of up. There is a 50% chance of rain today, and this could possibly
change this but for now, that's how I see it.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 50 percent chance of showers. It will be cloudy with a high near 73.
East wind will range from 5 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.

Monday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy with a high
near 73. North wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.


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: 392 cfs at 2.31 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 966 cfs at 2.53 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 329 cfs at 3.33 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It was very high yesterday afternoon.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
My guess is, based on the precipitation map, all the stream are high, too high to
wade.

Current Recommended Streams:
Little River, either of the three prongs

Recommended Trout Flies:

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Blue-winged olives: 20 and 14
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor 20s 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

Great Autumn Brown Sedges: 10
pupa
adults     

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 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.

The big fall caddis, Great Autumn Brown sedges, hatch very late in the afternoon
and mostly early evenings. The egg laying occurs anywhere from mid afternoon until
dark.

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:
None

Whatever Hits Me:
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James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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