Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 01/29/17
The west wind will blow, and we shall have snow! If you go into the park today, you will
need to check for road closures. For updated road and weather information, call (865)
436-1200. Once you hear a voice, dial extension 631 for road information. You can
also follow road status updates on the park's Twitter account
at http://twitter.com/smokiesroadsnps.

Today's weather doesn't look all that bad for fishing in the park, except for the strong
wind. That adds another adverse factor to the challenge. The high sticking method of
fishing will help you deal with the wind, as well as get the fly into the slow water where
the trout will be holding. It really helps when you are trying to get the fly down into holes
in the bottom of the stream below faster current. Remember, that trout won't hold up
where there is much current when the water is very cold. That's the main reason they
position themselves in holes on the bottom, where there is little to no current.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a chance of rain and snow showers before 1pm, then rain showers
between 1pm and 5pm, then rain and snow showers after 5pm. The high will be near
45. West wind will range from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance
of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Sunday night, rain and snow showers, becoming all snow after 7pm. The low will be
around 26. West wind will range from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch is
possible.

Monday, there's a 20 percent chance of snow showers before noon. It will be partly
sunny, with a high near 40. West wind will range from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high
as 20 mph.



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 328 cfs at 2.46 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 494 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 113 cfs at 2.62 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is still a little high but safe to wade with caution.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are still a little high but getting near safe to wade with caution.

Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(
sales@perfectflystore.com) or call us at 800 594 4726 providing the specific times
you plan on fishing the park, and we will provide a list of flies and other associated
gear and equipment you need.

Trout Flies Currently Needed:
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

NEW: Trout Flies You Will Need During The Next Month
(Through 2/23/17, in addition to the above list):
Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Quill Gordons: 12/14
nymphs
emerging duns (wet fly)
duns
spinners

Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
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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James Marsh
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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