Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/07/17
I'm running late this morning due to a nearby thunderstorm. I don't like working on
computers when there is lightning, even though we have a good system to prevent
problems from lightning. It can do some very strange things. By the way, it can do some
predictable things with graphite fly fishing rods as well,
I took the trash can out to the road just past daylight this morning in the rain. It was
absolutely beautiful. The ground is covered with leaves of the full color spectrum. I
stopped and thought how nice it would be to wake up from sleeping in a tent. That may
sound weird to some of you, but not those who enjoy camping, it is very warm and
pleasant, even though it is raining steadily. By the way, we have to take out the trash
just prior to the truck picking it up, otherwise, it will be scattered across the yard and
road by bears.
There has been a lot of leaves falling the past twenty-four hours but more is sure to fall
today. Notice the wind is predicted to guest to 20 mph today. That wouldn't be so good
for those fishing today, but will be an advantage to those fishing in another day or two.
I will remind you that they can build up in the bottom of the streams and appear to be
solid bottom when in fact, the water may be much deeper than you think. You have to
be careful wading not to step on an area of what appears to be solid bottom, when it is
in fact a deep hole full of leaves.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, expect showers with a high near 66. South wind will range from 10 to 15 mph
becoming west in the afternoon. Winds could gust to as high as 20 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of
an inch is possible. Tonight's low will be around 50.
Wednesday, showers are likely, mainly before 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 53. North
wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less
than a tenth of an inch possible.
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 291 cfs at 2.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 382 cfs at 1.66 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 111 cfs at 2.63 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is a little above a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little above normal levels.
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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