Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/14/17
Good Monday, morning. It is cloudy and nice and calm outside this morning. It is a
perfect time to be casting one of our Perfect Fly brown sculpin streamers into one of
the larger streams in the park, searching for a big brown trout. The stream levels are
all in good shape this morning, dropping down a little below the normal levels, getting
ready to accept some more rain water. We have a good chance of rain everyday for
this coming week.
I will get around to writing more on the Fish'n Tales series below soon. I decided not to
write any more until I finish getting all of our new Perfect Fly product online. I still
haven't finished doing that. It is product I wanted to release in July.
New Pre-rigged Dropper Rigs: (see below on your right) There are ten different
selections, each with five dry flies and five dropper flies on our new pre-rigged dropper
rigs. Link to the pre-rigged dropper rigs - right side of page.
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's a slight chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after
8am. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near 82. Wind will be from he West around 5
mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts should be between a
tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 2am. The chance of
precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts of between a quarter and half of an inch are
Tuesday, there's 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am.
It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 83. West wind will be around 5 mph.
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 408 cfs at 1.71 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 57.9 cfs at 2.36 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is about a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are near a normal level. .
Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Cream Cahills: 14/16
Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18 (mostly Abrams Creek)
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
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
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.
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:
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