Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/04/17
The water is going to be a little cooler this morning. You may need to stick with the
BWO nymphs until you see something hatching, or fish hitting the surface of the water.
If you know for a fact that Quill Gordons or Blue Quills have been hatching very
recently in the section of water you are fishing, then use the nymphs of either one of
those. My point is, there is unlikely to be a lot of surface action today, and unless you
just want to try to catch some on top, stick with the nymph until you see some evidence
of surface feeding.

Keep in mind, I am advising you how to fish based on your having the highest odds of
success. You might fish dry flies all day and get some action. I can assure you that it
will be far less than it would if you fished nymphs as I recommended above. Late in the
day near dark, you might try fishing the Little Brown stonefly nymphs near the banks.
They have been hatching in the lower elevations. They crawl out of the water after the
sun sets and on into the evening.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny with a high near 55. Wind will be from the west around 5 mph in
the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 31.

Sunday, will be sunny with a high near 62. Wind will be from the west around 5 mph in
the afternoon. Sunday night's low will be around 41.




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 253 cfs at 2.14 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 347 cfs at 1.61 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 85 cfs at 2.49 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is running just below a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are running just below a normal level.  .

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

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


New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 3/31/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
nymphs
emergers
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females

American March Browns: 10/12
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 2017 James Marsh
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