Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/22/15
As mentioned yesterday, there is an added challenge in catching trout in the
Smokies right now. The stream levels are low. Fishing low water should help improve
you skills. You have to stay hidden and you have to make good presentations. In
many streams throughout the country you have to do that anytime, regardless of
water levels. Smooth flowing tailwaters and most all spring creeks require the same
thing. Using low water levels as an excuse for the lack of success in the Smokies is a
lousy excuse. You're just admitting your not a very good fly fisher.
The nights are getting a little warmer and that won't drop the stream water
temperature as much as it has been. I think you could start fishing as early in the
morning as you wanted to and have some good opportunities.
The odds of having decent weather for a weekend fishing trip to the Smokies is pretty
good. There is a 50% chance of rain on Sunday, but clear until then.
October Issue of the Perfect Fly Fishing Journal
We released the October Issue of the Perfect Fly Fishing Journal a few days ago. We
are going ahead and posting a link to it here to encourage you to sign up for it but in
the future, it may as much as a month after its release before we post links to it on
our websites. If you have already signed up, you should have already received the
October issue via email. If not, please take a few seconds to sign up on the form to
your right. One of the articles features Fly Fishing in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park. October Issue Perfect Fly Journal
Check out our new "flyfishingforsmallmouthbass.com". It will be continuously
improved and upgraded, especially in the streams and lakes section as time goes on.
Please send us an email (email@example.com) if you have any
suggestions or comments. .
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
As normal, I will give the forecast through the weekend, so those considering
traveling a good ways to the Smokies have an ideas as to what the weather is going
to be like. Today, will be sunny with a high near 74. Wind will be from the south at
around 5 mph. Tonight's low will be around 47.
Friday, will be sunny with a high near 75. Wind will be from the northwest around 5
mph in the afternoon. The low Friday night will be around 53.
Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 75. Southwest wind will be around 5
mph. Saturday night, there's a 20 percent chance of showers. The low will be around
Sunday, there's a 50 percent chance of showers. It will be cloudy, with a high near 68.
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
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:
Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you for visiting our website
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
Please enter your e-mail address in
the box to sign up for a free
subscription to the Perfect Fly "Fishing
Journal". It includes feature articles on
blue-ribbon destinations , fly fishing
techniques, and many other types of
articles of interest to any fly angler. You
can opt out at any time. If you decide
you don't want to receive our
information, just change your status by
clicking at the bottom of an e-mail we
send you in the "Remove" box. We will
not sell or give your e-mail address to
If you haven't signed up
previously, please sign up for our
Free Perfect Fly Fishing Journal.
Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us (firstname.lastname@example.org)
with the dates you will be fishing the park
and we will send you a list of our fly
suggestions. Please allow up to 24 hours for
2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we will help
you decide which flies you need.
3. Call or email us
with a budget for flies and we will select
them and get them to you in time for your trip.
Shipping is free in the U. S. for all orders of
any size. Orders over $50 are shipped free
via Priority Mail.
NEW Perfect Fly "Pro Line" Fly Rods:
I will assure you, that you cannot buy a finer fly rod than this for the price.
It is $195.00 including the case, in 4, 5, 6 and 7 weights. It is a 4 piece, 9
foot fly rod that is equal or better than most $400.00 fly rods on the
Click Here To Check Out The Details
Fly Fishing The Great Smoky
Mountains National Park:
(Year-round Dry Fly Fishing) This new
DVD (2 Disc Set) provides over 4 hours
of fly fishing for trout in the park. See
all of the streams and witness the
action. Learn everything you need to
know in order to successfully catch
brown, brook and rainbow trout on the
fly. Fishing methods, strategies and
much more are covered. Learn all
about the insects and other food the
trout eat and how to imitate it.
Techniques for each season of the
year are covered.
Chick Here For More Information
Perfect Fly "Leaders"
Over fourteen (14)
different sizes and types
of leaders. We also have
71/2 foot small stream
leaders in several sizes.
Click Here To Check
Out The Details
|New At Perfect Fly:
Perfect Fly "No-See-Um" 100%
Fluorocarbon tippet. We finally
got everything worked out.
Available NOW in sizes 3X, 4X,
5X and 6X in 25 yard spools.
A Key Feature of these
sunglasses is the side
windows that help cut the
down the glare.
Perfect Fly Polarized Fishing
Would you like a $200.00 pair of
sunglasses for $49.95? Here they are:
......Spring Loaded titanium frames keep the
glasses firmly and comfortably in place.
-----High Quality Lenses are made in the
United States of America
-----Yellow - Amber Lenses work under most
The Perfect Fly "Getting Started Set", sells for only $175.00,
including everything and more you need to get started fly fishing. It not
only provides the gear and equipment you need to get started, it
teaches you many of the things you need to know to get started. We sell
a lot of these and have never had anything but compliments and happy
customers who purchased it. Purchasing the items separately, would
cost a lot more. Check it out.
The Perfect Fly "Better Getting Started Set", sells for only $335.00,
it is just like the Getting Started Set except it includes a better fly rod
and rod case (Perfect Fly Pro Line) that you may want to use forever. It
includes everything and more you need to get started fly fishing. It not
only provides the gear and equipment you need to get started, it
teaches you many of the things you need to know to get started.
Purchasing the items separately, would cost a lot more. Check it out.