Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/18/17
I would think the water temperature is going to be a little cold in the higher elevations
this morning. I think the lower and middle elevations will be a wiser choice to fish at
least until it warm back up this afternoon. Later today, you should be able to fish good
stream conditions about anywhere you want to.

Water temperature in all the streams started dropping yesterday, morning. The gauge
at Little River, which is at a lower elevation than trout exist, is showing 52 degrees at
8:00 AM this morning. The gauge at Cataloochee Creek is showing 48 degrees this
morning. Most of the brook trout in the higher elevations have either spawned or in the
process. The much cooler water is going to put the pre-spawn activity of the brown
trout in the lower elevations into high gear.

We will be looking at low water conditions this weekend, but the forecast is showing
good chances of rain the first of next week.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny with a high near 70. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming
calm. Tonight's low will be around 41.

Thursday, will be sunny with a high near 72. Wind will be from the north around 5 mph
in the afternoon. Thursday, night's low will be around 43.



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 129 cfs at 1.77 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 238 cfs at 1.34 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 51.6 cfs at 2.32 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is below normal level.

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

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: 18 and 16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
spinner
s

Mahogany Duns: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10
pupa
adults


New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 10/30/17, 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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