Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/25/17
Sorry about the yesterday's report. I had computer problems on the one I use to keep
our website flies for the Smoky site on, and it took Friday afternoon, and most of
yesterday, to get it fixed. We have several machines, but I only keep the Smoky
Mountain website flies on one with of course, backup hard drives.

It looks like the weather folks missed the forecast for the Smoky Mountains and
surrounding areas big time. Most of the rain that was predicted for this area fell to the
South. The Georgia people will attest to that.

The North Carolina side of the park received more than the Tennessee side but
nothing like what was forecast for the area. It seems the weather for the entire nation
has been abnormal this year. We seem to continue to be lucky from that standpoint. All
sections of the park are in good shape this morning. It is getting near the time of the
year when we will begin to welcome any rain we can get. It is usually late Summer, and
the early Fall season, before we worry about low water levels.

I'll spend the rest of today, trying to catch up from the time I lost Friday afternoon and y
esterday, dealing with computer problems. I'm not complaining. We have had few
problems with that the past few years.


Fish'n Tales: (New Series - See the Menu of articles on your right: We plan on
replacing these every two or three days. Note that this is something I am just sitting
down and writing mostly off the top of my head, with no editing. It isn't intended to be
professionally done release of any kind )
I will resume the articles tomorrow.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be partly sunny with a high near 79. North wind will be around 5 mph in the
morning. Tonight's low will be around 53.

Monday, will be sunny with a high near 76. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
Monday  night's low will be around 52.




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 184 cfs at 2.03 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 430 cfs at 1.75 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 73.7 cfs at 2.43 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

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

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all flowing a near 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: 14 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

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

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Inch Worms: 10, 12, 14

Japanese Beetles: 14/16

Carpenter Ants: 16/18

Sandwich Hoppers: 6/8/10/12


New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 6/31/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
spinner
s


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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