Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 12/23/16
The weather guys and gals are predicting a chance of rain everyday for the next
week. How about that! It is going to be a little warmer and a little windy today, but
tomorrow should be great, especially if you like rain. The water levels should come
up and it should warm up a little.

Hopefully, if I continue to do what I need to do, we will be releasing a Perfect Fly
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be partly sunny with a high near 53. Southeast wind will range from 5 to
10 mph. Tonight, there is a 40 percent chance of rain, mainly after 4am. The low will
around 43.

Saturday, expect showers. The high will be near 54. South wind will be around 5
mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a
quarter and half of an inch possible. Saturday night low will be around 47.



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 112 cfs at 1.78 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 219 cfs at 1.31 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 39 cfs at 2.21 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing a below a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They should be flowing below a normal level.

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, and 18
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor, Eastern
and baetis BWOs,
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cream Midges - size 20/22
larva
pupa
adults

Winter Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
Adults

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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