Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/23/15
Conditions for fly fishing the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park remain
about the same as they have for the past few days except the streams continue to
get a little lower each day. There is a chance of rain beginning Sunday and
continuing as far as they predict on the short term basis, or through next Thursday.
The only problem is they show about a 40% to a 50% chance each day and to me,
that means one thing. It means they don't really know exactly when or how much, just
a prediction that it will rain within the next seven days after this Saturday.
I plan on fishing with my daughter and son-in-law for bass next weekend. I doubt that
will be affected by the rain one way or the other, unless it comes a flood. Carla
caught another big largemouth a couple of weeks ago from the Coosa River near
their home in Alabama. An 8 pound, 12 ounce bass is a big one from the Coosa
chain of lakes, especially at a time they aren't spawning. They are going to pull their
Ranger bass boat up here next weekend and hopefully, we will get to fish a local lake.
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny with a high near 77. Southeast wind will be around 5 mph
becoming calm later in the day.
Tonight's low will be around 51.
Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 75. Calm wind will come from the
southwest 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: 86 cfs at 1.37 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rat 166 cfs at 1.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 43 cfs at 2.25 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 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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