Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/30/17
I mentioned on Monday of this past week that Derek Porter and his buddy David, were
headed into the park to fish for three days. If you remember, that was the day the
stream levels reached their highest point. They fished and stayed in the Cataloochee
Valley camping. For the two years prior to that, they fished and stayed about the same
time frame in Cataloochee. The water was very high during both of those trips, but they
managed to catch plenty of trout. Their trip the past week, was even tougher. Here is
what Derek had to say about it.

Man that water was high. We managed to catch fish each day but it was tough.  We
had a few splashy rises with dry flies but nothing serious. We had to nymph to catch
fish.

Yellow sallies and little brown stoneflies were everywhere. Also saw a bunch of giant
black stoneflies.  Saw a few of the big drakes (he is referring to Eastern Green
Drakes) but nothing like last year. Up at the top of the road (Rough Fork) in the
meadow about 30 minutes before dark there were thousands of mayflies with an egg
sac on their butt flying around. I think they were Hendricksons.

I caught a Brookie and a brown the first day on Cataloochee near the Palmer chapel.  I
now see the water was over 600 cfs at the time!  I don't want to fish those conditions
again. Ironically it was the rainbow that I lacked for the slam that day and I thought
rainbows like the fast water!

We did see some light cahills and that nymph is what I caught most fish on. I also used
the green sedge larva that was very good.

Overall, it was a challenging trip - you had to use a lot of weight to keep the fly down,
and then it would get hung up and I would not be able to move it into position to
unsnag it from the bottom. So, I more lost rigs than I'm  accustomed to, which can get
depressing!



Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 85. South wind will range from 5 to 15
mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight, there's a 30 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms, mainly after 5am.

Monday, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. The high will be near
71. It will be breezy, with a south wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an
inch are possible.



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 354 cfs at 2.39 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 635 cfs at 2.03 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 153 cfs at 2.78 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little above normal.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little above 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: 16, and 18 baetis BWOs,
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

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 5/31/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

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 or maybe the Light Cahill 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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