Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/11/17
The are some changes taking place in the flies you need to imitate the current hatches
and food the trout will have to eat for the next several days. I have revised the list
below to indicate that. I have removed some that are finished hatching for the year and
added Cream Cahills.

Some anglers have questioned the size 14 Blue-winged olives but they do hatch in
June, July and August. They are not
Baetis species, rather Drunella species. They are
not swimming nymphs like most BWOs, rather crawler nymphs. They hatch in light
numbers over a long period of time during the summer. You will usually find the duns
underneath the leaves of bushes and trees molting into spinners, not on top of the
leaves. For those of you familiar with the Western Green Drakes, they are very similar,
both
Drunella species. They are  look just like the regular BWOs, just much larger,
usually a 16 or 14 hook size.

The Cream Cahills are similar to the Light Cahills, which are finished hatching, but
different enough that we feel like it requires a different pattern. They are
Maccaffertium
species. There are two species of them that exist in the Smokies. The duns bodies are
a cream color. They are clingers like the Light Cahills.


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 88. West wind will be around 5 mph. Tonight's  
low will be around 67.

Wednesday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It
will be mostly sunny with a high near 86. Wednesday night, there's a 30 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 119 cfs at 1.78 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 313 cfs at 1.52 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 56 cfs at 2.33 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

Cream Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18 (mostly Abrams Creek)
larva
pupa
adults

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 8/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Mahogany Dun: 18
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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