Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 02/02/17
Happy Groundhog Day! So far, they have not seen their shadow; however,the sun is
not up yet.

As usual, I am giving the forecast through Sunday, for those who may be considering a
lengthy fishing trip to the Smokies. The stream levels are in okay shape and the
weather forecast looks pretty good. It will be cold at night and the water will likely be in
the low to mid forties at the warmest. If you know how to fish cold water, you should be
able to catch a good number of trout. If you fish the normal way that 95% of the guys
that fish the Smokies fish, you will probably catch very few, if any. You have to fish
water with slow to no current including the pools, meaning holes in the bottom of the
stream underneath current, or deep pockets behind boulders or cuts in the banks. This
isn't easy to do and it takes time and concentration to present flies the right way. The
fish will not be holding in water with much current at all, and they won't be moving
around to look for or acquire food. Most trout anglers nation wide, will be fishing water
in this same temperature range for about two-thirds of the entire open season.

As long as the water is above 38 degrees, they will eat small flies all day long if they
are presented in close proximity and drifting very slow at the same speed of the water
they are holding in. You should use very small flies, midge larvae, small blue-winged
olive nymphs or small winter stonefly nymphs.


There is one thing for certain. You won't catch one trout sitting on the couch. The only
time you should do that is about 6:30 PM, Super Bowl time.




Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a chance of rain showers and sleet before 9am, then a slight chance of
rain showers between 9am and 1pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North
wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%. Tonight's low will
be around 29.

Friday, will be partly sunny, with a high near 47. Northwest wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. Friday night's low will be around 20.

Saturday, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 47. Calm wind will become northeast
around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night's low will be around 32.

Sunday, there's a chance of rain and snow showers before 9am, then a chance of rain
showers. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. The chance of precipitation is
30%.



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 196 cfs at 2.10 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 356 cfs at 1.63 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 79 cfs at 2.46 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little below normal.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little below normal.

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 2/28/17, 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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