Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/21/15
I'm up very early this morning. I have a full two day's schedule go get done in a day. I
haven't ever figured out how to do that, but I keep trying. I also have some new gear
and equipment prototypes I need to test out on the water but that will just have to
wait. I have less important but more demanding things to do today.
The trout are still in the water and they will eat today just like they do each and every
day. "Fishing" will be good or bad today, depending only on what you know about it
and how you go about it. The fishers, or ones doing the fishing, are the only ones
that control that. The trout just go on about their usual ways of surviving, laughing at
the various reasons the stupid human jerks come up with as excuses for not being
able to fool them into taking their feathered and hair covered hooks.
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny with a high near 72. Calm wind will come from the northwest at
around 5 mph in the afternoon. Tonight, clear with a low around 44.
Thursday, sunny with a high near 74. Calm wind will change to the north around 5
mph in the afternoon.
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: 94 cfs at 1.41 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rat 178 cfs at 1.20 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 46 cfs at 2.27 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It was low yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Customers are reporting they are getting low.
Current Recommended Streams:
I think you could fish anywhere in the park you wanted to today.
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
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
Great Autumn Brown Sedges: 10
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 Blue-winged
Olive. 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.
Little Yellow Quills and Needle Stoneflies usually remain in the middle elevations and
sometimes, high elevations, until mid November. They are not usually found in the
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
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