Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/18/17
Today, is going to be another great day for fly fishing the streams of the park. The
stream levels are in good shape, running just a little below normal. If the weather
forecast is correct, just about the right amount of rain will come during the next three
days to keep the stream levels up and in good shape.

As I normally do on Thursday, for out of town people planning a trip to the Smokies on
the weekend, I make a prediction as to what they will encounter. It is only as good as
the weather forecast and although I mainly go by the National Weather Service, I
consider three others. This coming weekend looks great, and I wouldn't hesitate about
making a trip to the Smokies. Well, here I go again, throwing the word "I" in there.
When I lived in Florida before moving to the Smokies about 15 years ago, "I" never
hesitated about making the trip to the Smokies. The only reason I looked at the
weather was to try to determine what clothes to bring.

I'm sure you hear of people making statements like, "I'm going to take off for two or
three weeks on a fishing trip for the first time in my life". They may add something like,
"I deserve it. I have worked all my life". Up until about three to four years ago, prior to
Perfect Fly getting to be a large company, if I would have made a similar statement, it
would have been something like this. "I am going to take off from fishing, and visit my
family and friends for a couple of weeks". That is because, since 1980, fishing was my
work and my livelihood. Prior to that, I fished the professional "BASS" tournaments from
1975 to 1980, but that wasn't my livelihood. I was a general commercial and industrial
building contractor during those five years

This may lead you into thinking that I must have guided or chartered my boats during
those 34 years, but that is something I have never done. I made my living teaching
people to fish during those thirty 34 years for the first five years, producing the first
ever national syndicated TV program on saltwater fishing. I followed that up with
instructional fishing and boating videos and a few more TV programs. They were and
still are sold by Bennett Marine Video of California. More of my saltwater programs
have been sold than any others. I don't know of anyone who has done anything very
similar to that. Actually, come to think of it,  I don't know anyone crazy  enough to have
done that.

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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. It will be
partly sunny, with a high near 85. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Tonight,
there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. The
low will be around 65.

Friday, there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am. It
will be partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind will be around 5 mph. New rainfall
amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch as possible, except higher amounts
possible in thunderstorms. Friday night, there's a 50 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. The low will be around 63.

Saturday, there's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
3pm. It will be mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southwest
around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night, there's a 40 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 9pm. The low will be around 64.

Sunday, there's a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 9am.
It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 79.



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 190 cfs at 1.95 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 356 cfs at 1.57 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 77.0 cfs at 2.45 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing just under a normal level.

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

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

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)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Sulphurs: 16/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Golden Stoneflies: 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 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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