Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/11/17
From looking at the radar this morning, I don't think there is any question that the park
will be getting some rain today. They are showing a 90% chance in Gatlinburg, and a
100% for tonight. The odds drop down for tomorrow and back to about a 40 - 50%
chance for Wednesday, and Thursday. I don't see how it is possible for them to
forecast it accurately beyond today.
As of 5:40 AM this morning, the rain caused by Irma (still a Cat 2), stretches from Ft.
Meyers in South, Florida, to the Tennessee, and North Carolina state lines. That is one
more huge storm. The width of it remains as wide as Alabama and Georgia.
I have a good idea, the National Park Service may close some of the campgrounds
today. That's just a guess. I don't think I would want to be in the park under trees in a
tent. If the forecast is correct, It may not be a good idea to be fishing in the park after
noon today. I heard several guys quote a saying on the TV yesterday - "Don't be the
guy that gets hit in the head by a tree". I've never thought of it exactly like that, and in
fact, never worried much as about such at all over the years, but that probably should
apply to those fishing.
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
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today,expect showers, mainly after 8am. The high will be near 64. It will be breezy, with
an east wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could
gust as high as 30 mph. The chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts
of between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible. Tonight, expect showers and a
low of 58. The wind guest could reach 40 mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%.
Tuesday, showers are likely, mainly before 8am. It will be cloudy with a high near 73. It
will be breezy, with an east wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. the
chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of between a tenth and
quarter of an inch are possible.
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 105 cfs at 1.70 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 249 cfs at 1.37 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 40 cfs at 2.24 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is near a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are probably running near normal.
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: 20 Little BWOs
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Mahogany Duns: 18
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
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 9/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.
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 Slate Drake 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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