Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/14/17
Today is the day I advise people planning on fishing the stream of the park this
weekend as to the conditions they should expect. The outlook for Saturday and
Sunday, is excellent. Stream levels should be good and the weather nice with little wind
and no rain.


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 50 percent chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near
72. West wind will be around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of
an inch are possible. Tonight's low will be around 57.

Friday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 79. Calm wind becoming north around 5
mph in the afternoon. Friday night's low will be around 58.

Saturday, will be sunny with a high near 80. Wind will be from the northwest around 5
mph in the afternoon. Saturday night's low will be around 58.

Sunday, will be sunny with a high near 81.




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 83.8 cfs at 1.60 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 304 cfs at 1.50 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 93.4 cfs at 2.55 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little low.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are running near normal.

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: 20 Little BWOs
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
spinner
s

Little Yellow Quills: 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Mahogany Duns: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
adults

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.

None


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 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:
None

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James Marsh
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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