Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/21/17
The weather forecast has improved since yesterday. By that, I mean there is now a
decent chance of rain on Saturday and Saturday night. The streams are low and we
need the rain. There is more rain in the forecast after today, everyday for the next
several days.

The high today in Gatlinburg, at the 1600 foot elevation, is going to be 92 degrees.
That is hot. I think your best opportunity to catch trout today, will definitely be in the
higher elevations. There are lots of small streams that are over 2500 to 3000 feet in
elevation, so this doesn't limit your possibilities like many may think.


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replacing these every two to four 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
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. It will
be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 92. Wind will be from the northwest around 5
mph in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 71.

Saturday, there is a chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. It
will be partly sunny with a high near 89. South wind around 5 mph becoming west in the
afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth
and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.

Saturday Night, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly
before midnight.




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 74.5 cfs at 1.57 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 253 cfs at 1.38 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 59.6  cfs at 2.35 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is flowing low.

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

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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