Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/23/17
Today, looks like it will offer the last chance of rain (30%) for a few more days. The
streams are low. I recommend you avoid fishing the lower elevations. The middle and
higher elevation will be just fine from a water temperature standpoint.


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.

(To be continued)

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 84. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming calm.
Tonight;s low will be around 60.

Sunday, mostly sunny with a high near 84. Wind will be from the north around 5 mph in
the afternoon. Sunday night's low will be around 61.



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 48.0 cfs at 1.40 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 175 cfs at 1.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 48.5 cfs at 2.30 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is low.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are running 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 Sculpin:
Hook Size 6

Black and/or Olive Matuka Sculpin:
Size 4, 6, 8

Blue-winged olives: 16, 18 and 20
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 10/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10
pupa
adults


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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