Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/26/17
Today, will be another day the streams will all be falling down some more. They are
getting into good shape a little faster than I expected and of course, that is good news.
There's a chance of more rain on Thursday, but so far, they are not expecting the
amounts to be significant. If the forecast holds out to be close to right, then this coming
weekend should be a good one for fly fishing the streams of the Smokies. I'll give an
updated report on that tomorrow, and hope that it will turn out to be better than last
week's expectations.

The stream levels of all the major streams are all still too high to wade safely. Some of
the high elevation streams should be getting down low enough to wade later today.

It appears the Smokies have been hit hard by heavy rain lately, but as a matter of fact,
the rainfall amounts are much less than most anywhere else in the nation. The entire
west coast if still flooded or very high, including all of the streams in California, and
most of them in Oregon and Washington. The streams in the northwestern states such
as Idaho, Montana and Wyoming have had high amounts of rain and snow, and warm
weather runoff for a long time now. It is the same situation with most of the streams in
Colorado, and the Southwestern states. The midwestern states are mostly all too high
to fish. Most of the northeastern and New England states are getting pounded with
heavy rain or snow right now, and have been for the past month. We are very lucky to
so far, only lose two or three days of fly fishing opportunity. Well, that's all except
Derek and David. They fished all day yesterday, and will be again today. We have
another group of customers who are camping and fishing from the Clingman's Dome
area downstream to Little River that started their expedition yesterday.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, it will be sunny, with a high near 83.
South wind will be around 5 mph becoming calm in the morning. Tonight, will be mostly
clear, with a low around 59.

Thursday, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 11am and 2pm. There
will be increasing clouds, with a high near 79. South wind will be around 10 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an
inch, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Thursday night, there's a  
30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 8pm.



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 730 cfs at 3.03 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 1150 cfs at 2.67 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 314 cfs at 2.28 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is still high.

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

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

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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

American March Browns: 10/12
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Short Horned Sedges: 20
pupa
adults

Green Sedges: 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
pupa
adults

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

Eastern Green Drakes: 8/10 (mostly Abrams Creek)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Giant Black Stonefly: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18 (mostly Abrams Creek)
larva
pupa
adults

Inch Worms: 10, 12, 14


New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 5/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14 (some call these Sulphurs)
numphs
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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