Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/12/16
All my life, I have heard the expression that a good time to go fishing is anytime you
can go. I've always agreed with it and done just that. Such was the case with Derek
and David, two avid and exceptionally good anglers. They selected this past Monday
to make a three day trip into the back country of the park. The temperature went
down to freezing the night before they left and the water level was almost at an all
time record low. The conditions were far better for a deer hunting trip than a fly
fishing trip to catch trout, but neither of them were concerned much about the
conditions. They were more concerned about the strategy and methods to use to
accomplish what they set out to do in spite of the adverse conditions. They were very
successful in doing just that. They not only caught trout, they had what most anglers
would call the trip of a lifetime. And,oh yes, by the way, they used Perfect flies, but
that was only a part of the reason for their success. Pure determination, good
planning, strategies and execution were much a part of it. Here are a few pictures
from their successful trip. Keep in mind, this is only a few of many





























































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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny with a high near 58.Tonight's low will be around 33.

Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 58. Sunday night's low will be around
39.



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 37 cfs at 1.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 84 cfs at 0.81 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 16 cfs at 2.03 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is still very low.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are still very low.

Recommended Trout Flies:

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Black and/or Olive Matuka Sculpin:
Size 4, 6, 8

Blue-winged olives: 20,18, and 16
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor, Eastern and baetis BWOs,
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes, size 10/12
nymphs
adults

Great Autumn Brown Sedges: size 10
pupa
adults

Mahogany Duns, size 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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:
Not all of the insects you see above will be hatching in the same location. It is usually
only two or three. It varies with the elevation. Some are just starting in the low
elevations and some about finished in the higher elevations. 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 BWO nymph. If you spot something hatching (coming off the water),
change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.

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


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James Marsh
Copyright 2016 James Marsh
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Derek with big brown
Big Brook trout
David with Brown trout
A huge Brook Trout