Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/10/17
The streams are all back down below a normal level. It is quite amazing how fast they
fall back down at this time of the year compared to what they do during the colder
months of the year. It would take two or three times as long for the stream to drop what
they did during the past day if it was wintertime. I think that is part due to the heat itself
evaporating the water faster as well as the low water table or ground water. The curves
on the USGS charts are almost straight up and down. There isn't a chance of rain for
the next two days.

Fish the upper middle and higher elevations for the best results. The little brook trout
streams should all be in good shape. The water will be a little low and you will have to
stay hidden. Dress to match the background. Stay behind something anytime it is
possible - a tree or better, a large boulder.

Notice, there are both little Yellow and little Green stoneflies listed. They are sometimes
difficult to tell apart. The little Greens are members of the Chloroperlidae family. They
prefer slightly slower water and warmer temperatures than the little Yellows. The are
sometimes more of a chartreuse color than pure green.



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 a
professionally done release of any kind.
The next six years of the learning curve - part 2 (Coming soon)



Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny with a high near 86. Wind will be from the northwest around 5 mph
in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 64.

Tuesday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 89. Wind will be about 5 mph from the
northwest in the afternoon.



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 144 cfs at 1.88 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 377 cfs at 1.65 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 61.3 cfs at 2.36 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 ljttle below a normal levels.

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 Eastern BWOs
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
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

Sulphurs: 16/18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
spinner
s

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 7/31/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Cream Cahills: 14/16
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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