Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/01/17
I think if is getting near the time to turn the clocks back. Actually, daylight savings time
ends Sunday, November 5th. I thought of that when I started updating this report at
6:00 AM this morning, and heard the loud noise of paving trucks and equipment
coming up the steep hill in front of the house. They are re-paving the approximately,
mile, long circle we live on. Of course, it is still very dark. I guess they start working with
their lights on.
Notice that all of the streams are down to good levels to fish this morning. I also notice
that there's a chance of rain about everyday for the rest of the week beginning tonight.
I could have made that forecast for the National Weather Service, because Derek and
David, will be making their first of November, trip to the Smokies soon. It always comes
a flood when they fish the park, but they seem to like it that way. As long as the water
isn't over their heads, they fish. They will be fishing blank creek, where they always
We have several customers who have planned trips to fish the Smokies this week. As
of this morning, it appears they have selected a good time. This is many angler's
favorite time of the year to fish. Not only do the fish usually cooperate, the weather is
usually comfortable, and the scenery absolutely beautiful. I hope all of you get the
opportunity to fish soon.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be mostly cloudy with a high near 65. Wind will be from the south around 5
mph in the morning. Tonight, there's a 30 percent chance of showers. The low will be
Thursday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers. It will be partly sunny, with a high
near 70. South wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Thursday, night's llow will be around
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 246 cfs at 2.18 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 500 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 128 cfs at 2.70 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is near normal.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all just a little high.
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 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Mahogany Duns: 18
Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 11/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.
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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