Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/11/17
Here we are again with another tough to call upcoming weekend. With the rain
expected Friday,
It is possible the stream levels could be high on Saturday. The
ground is saturated and the levels okay for wading, but barely within the limits of being
safe. A little rain won't hurt, but a 1/2 inch accumulation would make the major streams
high for at least most of the day Saturday.

If I lived a good distance from the park and had a trip planned to fish this weekend, I
would come on. It is impossible at this time to determine what the exact conditions will
be on Saturday, but it doesn't look bad at this point. Even if the rain is substantial, you
should be still be able to find some small streams you can wade to fish.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today,  will be partly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind will be 5 to 15 mph, with
gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight's low will be around 61.

Friday, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. The high will be near 72.
West wind will be around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall
amounts between a quarter and half of an inch is possible. Friday night, showers and
thunderstorms, mainly before 5am. The low will be around 55. The chance of
precipitation is 80%.

Saturday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before
11am. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. Saturday night's low will be around 50.

Sunday, will be sunny, with a high near 77.



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 271 cfs at 2.19 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 506 cfs at 1.84 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 116 cfs at 2.63 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is just a little above normal.

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