Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/23/17
The North Carolina side of the park received a little rain yesterday. The Oconaluftee
River is about the same level as yesterday. Cataloochee Creek is a little higher than it
was yesterday. There is a forty percent chance of rain in Gatlinburg, today, and a
seventy percent chance tonight. I feel confident the Tennessee side of the park will be
getting some rain soon. All the streams are low, and the rain in needed to keep the
levels up. We still have August and September to go, and they usually have lower
rainfall amounts.


Leaving this up another day:
Most of the streams at the higher elevations are brook trout streams. Some of them
also have populations of rainbows. The brook trout are not as selective as rainbows or
browns, but they will focus on eating the most plentiful and available food. In that
sense, they are selective. Often, there isn't anything hatching and the fly, as long as it
is within some degree of good reason, doesn't
always make a great deal of difference.
If something is hatching or laying eggs, or if there are spinner falls, the fly c
an make a
big difference. In these cases, the brook trout will focus on the emerging nymphs, duns
on the surface, egg layers or spinners.
You will greatly increase your odds of success
by matching that insect.


Although y
ou may still be able to pick up a fish every few cast on some other type of
fly, you also may get a strike every time you present a good match of the hatching, or
egg laying insect. I have a video of Angie catching 11 brook trout on 11 successive
cast using a Little Yellow Quill dun. They will begin to hatch later on in the summer in
the high elevation streams. So will the little Needle stoneflies. These two insects hatch
as much as any insect in the Smokies per surface area of water. Naturally, the small
streams have a lot less area of water and there are not as many insects as they are on
a larger stream, but only because of the smaller
width. The hatches can sometimes be
prolific  There are others, like the Cream Cahills, Mahogany duns and later on, little
BWOs. The point I am making, is when you hear someone say, the fly pattern doesn't
matter, just be aware that
is completely false. The fly can make the difference in
catching a few trout or a lot of trout. It
can make the difference in being a mediocre
angler and a good one.

Fish'n Tales: (New Series - See the Menu of articles on your right: We plan on
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
professionally done release of any kind.
The next six years of the learning curve - part 3 - Coming Soon

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm.
I
t will be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 91. Heat index values will be as high as
96. West wind
will range from 5 to 10 mph.Tonight's low will be around 71. The chance
of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch
are
possible.


Monday
, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
8am.
It will be partly sunny, with a high near 86. Southwest wind will be around 5 mph
becoming calm
later in the day..



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 60.8 cfs at 1.49 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 241 cfs at 1.35 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 59  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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