Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/30/17
It feels like the fall season has arrived in full force this morning. The leaves on the
trees are starting to change colors. I think that is mostly due to the low amount of rain
we have received. I'm guessing that it won't be long, less than a couple of weeks,
before we will see snow on top of Mt. LeConte. It usually happens during the first part
Yes, the water levels are low, and the trout will be hiding from overhead predators as
best they can. You may find a few browns with love on their mind, out from their normal
daytime hiding places, out cruising around, scouting out the bottom of the stream for a
good place to build a redd. This will occur during much of the month of October. Actual
spawning takes place from the latter part of October, to the middle of November, or
even later some years..
The trout will still be eating. It is up to you to fool them into eating your fly. If they see
you, forget it. Stay hidden as best you can. Stay as low as you can. Make the best
presentations you can, and use Perfect flies. That will increase your odds of success.
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, will be sunny, with a high near 74. Wind will be from the northeast around 5
mph in the morning. Tonight's low will be around 47.
Sunday, will be sunny, with a high near 74. Southeast wind around will be around 5
mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
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 41.0 cfs at 1.32 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 143 cfs at 1.56 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 38.8 cfs at 2.23 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
(email@example.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: 18 and 20
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 10/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.
Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10
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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