Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/21/17
Today, is going to be a wet one. From the looks of the weather forecast, it appears this
coming week is going to be a wet one. There are three good things I can think about
this before I finishing tying this sentence. One, is the fact the stream
s are getting a little
low and can use some water. Number two, the rain waited until most people went back
to work to start, and number three, the low pressure system and associated cloud
cover provides some security for the trout, making them generally, a little easier to fool.

I can think of only one thing bad about the weather forecast. It doesn't tell me for sure
whether or not the streams will get what in slang language, we call "blown out".
Therefore, I'm left to guess. My guess is yes, they will get blown out. Just exactly when,
and exactly how much, is something not for me, or anyone else living on earth to
d
etermine.

Fish'n Tales: (New Series - we plan on replacing every two or three days)
My Version of the Sword Dance:
Watching the events taking place in Saudi Arabia on TV for a few minutes yesterday,
reminded me of this fish'n tale. In January of the year
1990, as I usually did every year,
I was running my booth in the Miami Boat show, when three men all decked out in
thawbs approached the booth and started picking up and looking at the covers of
some of my saltwater fishing and boating videos. Another young man, who I later found
out was hired locally as their interpreter, introduced the main gentleman, who within the
first two or three minutes of being at the booth, apparently told him that he wanted one
of each of the videos for his new boat. I later found out, he had just purchased a new
65 foot, sport fishing vessel.

Within two or three minutes of arriving at the booth, one of the men pulled out an
American Express card to complete the transaction. They had to send another hired
hand to the booth the following day to pick up the videos. At the time, I had about 40
plus fishing videos and at least 25 boating videos
, priced at 30 to 50 bucks each. I
don't remember the total sale amount, but it was over $3000.00.

I didn't bow or shake hands with the gentlemen, and I didn't quite end up with as much
money as President Trump got committed to the U.S., but it got the show off to a good
start. When they left the booth, which was less that three or four minutes after they
arrived, I did my version of the sword dance, without a sword, of course.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then showers and possibly a
thunderstorm, mainly after 11am. The high will be near 76. South wind will be around 5
mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters
and one inch is possible. Sunday night, more showers and thunderstorms. The chance
of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch is
possible.

Monday, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11am, then a slight
chance of showers between 11am and 2pm, then a slight chance of showers and
thunderstorms after 2pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind will be
around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.


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 151 cfs at 1.81 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 308 cfs at 1.51 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 70.1 cfs at 2.41 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing a good be below a normal level.

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

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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