Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 05/25/17
Today is Thursday, and the day I always stick my neck out to try to help those out of
town people planning a trip to the Smokies to fish by predicting what the conditions will
be like during the coming weekend. In this case, I think the odds are high that the
stream levels will be to high to wade safely this weekend. I feel quite sure that you will
be able to find some small streams that you can wade, but I think that is about the most
you can hope for. If it failed to rain any more prior to or during the weekend, the
streams may be getting close to being in decent shape; however, If the forecast is near
correct, that is very unlikely to happen.

If you can change the trip to another time without any problems, I suggest you do that.
If it is your only opportunity to fish within the next few weeks, I suggest you come on
and deal with the less than ideal conditions.


Fish'n Tales: (New Series - we plan on replacing every two or three days)
The Difference in Fishing for Fun, and Fishing for a Living
From a young age as a child to 1980, at the age of 37, like most every other avid
fisherman, I fished for the fun and enjoyment of it. It was the way I spent all the spare
time I could come up with. I would take my vacation traveling and fishing throughout the
nation as well as several trips to Canada and the Bahamas.

From age 32 to 37, I spent all my spare time and much of the time I should have been
running my large commercial construction company bass fishing, including fishing most
all of the professional B.A.S.S., tournaments. In 1980, when I started the first ever
syndicated, weekly TV series primarily on saltwater fishing, I learned I had to do
something I had not done before. I had to catch fish, or get out of the business. I did
not go fishing without a cameraman recording about everything I did on a professional
TV camera. In fact, with the exception of some of the saltwater  tournaments I fished on
the SKA and SAA tournament circuits, everything I did fishing was recorded on video.
That was an average of 4 to 6 days a week, or as full time or more that anyone works
at any job.

There was more to it than just catching fish. From the very beginning of the TV series, I
learned that I had to log in by time code, on paper, all  the video, making notes of all
the important facts about the trip, fish caught and lost, as well as the fishing conditions
and circumstances. I developed paper forms for doing that. This including the time,
place, guest, weather, water conditions, equipment, boats, bait/lures used, etc.

In 1986, when I ceased doing the 52 weeks a year TV series, I continued doing the
same thing, but for the purpose of making instructional videos. That is the time VCRs
were becoming commonplace. I needed even more documentation of the fishing trips
and conditions, all by time code. In other words, every fish I caught or lost was
recorded on video tape. From 1985 until about 3 years ago, I didn't go fishing without
everything being recorded on camera, then time coded with documented with notes on
all the activities and conditions. This included all the states in the U.S., and many
foreign countries. I did more fishing in three to six months than most avid anglers do in
a lifetime.

The last 16 years of doing that, up until four or five years ago, was done fly fishing
primarily for trout, and it was all recorded on video, logged in and fully documented on
paper. I have several hundred notebooks and file folders, that when put together with
video tapes, completely fills an average size room in a house. I have managed to keep
all of it over the last 32 years. Most of it is in storage and rarely used or viewed, but is
something I have never wanted to destroy, During the last four or five years, I have
done 95% of the fishing I have done, testing new products and equipment for Perfect
Fly. Fishing has been my job, and my main livelihood and source of income for the past
32 years. The best part about it is that I have enjoyed every minute of it. Well, that's
with an exception. I have never enjoyed losing or not being able to catch fish. I had to
do that, or go broke.  

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, showers are likely, mainly between 11am and 5pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with
a high near 64. It will be breezy, with a west wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20
mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation
is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
Tonight, there's a 30 percent chance of showers before 8pm.

Friday, will be sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday night's low will
be around 61.

Saturday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be mostly
cloudy, with a high near 84. Saturday night, there's a 40 percent chance of showers
and thunderstorms.

Sunday, showers and thunderstorms are likely. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near
81. The chance of precipitation is 60%. Sunday night, there's a 50 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms.




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 955 cfs at 3.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 1370 cfs at 2.93 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 208 cfs at 2.97 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing way above a normal level.

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

Thank you for visiting our website

James Marsh
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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