Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/26/17
Get set for another hot day. You won't get any complaints from me. I did several fishing
reports yesterday for Perfect Fly on Montana streams, to discover several are already  
under Hoot Owl restrictions. The lower Madison, lower Gallatin, and some others. The
Jefferson is closed to all fishing. Hoot Owl restrictions means you can't fish after 2:00
PM until midnight. It is done to protect the trout from being overstressed from being
caught. That happens when the water reaches the high sixties and low seventies.

If the Smokies followed the same line of thought as the state of Montana, some of the
streams in the park would currently be under Hoot Owl restrictions in the lower
elevations. Yellowstone National Park has a similar practice but so far, none of the
streams are closed or under Hoot Owl restrictions.

Yellowstone claims to have 50,000 of its yearly visitors fish. The entire fishing season
is only about 4 months long. We sell more flies and gear for Yellowstone anglers than
we do Smoky anglers during the season due to that reason. We ship several orders a
day during the prime part of the season to people all over the country, and sometimes,
the world, during the season. I don't have any idea how many visitors that visit Great
Smoky Mountains during the year fish. There is no accurate way of determining that
because there is no specific license required from the park. More visitors visit Great
Smoky Mountains National Park than Yellowstone. Of course, we sell a lot of flies and
gear to Smoky Mountain anglers as well, and on a  year-round basis.


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on your right just below.

Leaving this up another day:
For the benefit of those new to fly fishing the small streams of the park, let me list a few
simple, basic things to keep in mind. The single most important factor in catching trout
at this time is staying hidden from the trout. The lower the water level, the easier it is
for the trout to see you. The best way to stay hidden from the fish is to stay below their
line of vision. That isn't possible in many cases, but it certainly means you don't want to
stand high on the top of a rock in the stream and cast. Another good way to stay
hidden from the trout, is to stay behind something, like a large boulder. Of course, that
isn't always possible.

Dress to blend in with the background. At this time of the year, that is mostly green. A
green shirt, and a green hat helps you stay blended in with the background. You don't
need to put green paint on your face like you were turkey hunting. You just don't want
to wear any clothes with bright shades of color that make it easier for the trout to see
you. Unless your almost directly above a trout in the water, the trout's view of you is
distorted. The lower you stay relative to the trout, the more distorted their view of you.
As long as you are perfectly still, it is possible for them to see you and not be
frightened. Quick or sudden movements quickly get their attention. They are used to
seeing objects in the background that don't move, like the bank, boulders, and trees.
Yes, you have to cast to catch them, and that requires some movement.

It is more difficult for them to see you, if you approach them from their rear. They are
usually facing upstream, looking for food drifting downstream. That is why you need to
wade and cast in an upstream direction.

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,  will be mostly sunny and hot with a high near 91. Southeast wind will be around
5 mph becoming north in the afternoon.
Tonight, there is a 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms before 2am.
The low will be around 71.

Thursday
, there's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 8am. Partly
sunny, with a high near 87. Southwest wind
will range from 5 to 10 mph becoming west
in the morning.
Thursday night, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. T
he low will be around 70.



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 91.8 cfs at 1.66 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 245 cfs at 1.36 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 54.7 cfs at 2.32 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little low again.

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

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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