Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/04/17
I noticed the bears are out roaming around looking for food. That is usually this case at
this time of the year. I had to go to town early yesterday, morning, and noticed the
contents of three different garbage cans in and on the side of the road. Coming back
from the store, I spotted one of the guilty ones on the side of the road. He or she didn't
even run from the our old Jeep, rather just let me pass and continued on down the
street I guess.
Tuesday, is garbage pickup day in this part of Pigeon Forge, and some people have
yet to learn there are bears here. We learned not to put the garbage out until the
morning they do pick it up, or otherwise, you will have a mess. I put ours out yesterday,
just before going to the store at about 7:20 AM. We never put anything outside the
night before it runs, rather wait until just before the garbage truck runs. About this time
of the year, the bears start roaming around and eating everything they can find prior to
winter. There isn't anything but woods behind the circular road our house is on. In
October and November, it is common to see one most days.
With the cool weather, you should be able to fish just about anywhere you want to,
even the lowest elevation trout exist in the park. Again, for those who may have not
been reading this report - you must stay hidden from the trout. The water is low and
they are easy to spook. According to the weather forecast, we should get some rain
this weekend. They are still showing good chances of it and have increased the odds a
little from yesterday.
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 80. Southeast wind will be around 5 mph
becoming north in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 54.
Thursday, will be sunny, with a high near 80. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming north in the morning. Thursday night's low will be around 55.
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 34.4 cfs at 1.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 135 cfs at 1.02 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 34.9 cfs at 2.20 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
(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 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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