Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/12/14
In our October issue of the Perfect Fly Fishing Journal, I wrote the following article
about "Fishing Nymphs - Fishing For Fish You Can't See With Flies You Can't See".
The next several days are going to be cold in the Smokies. That doesn't mean you
will not be able to catch plenty of trout, but it does mean you are going to need to be
fishing nymphs, and that you need to understand how to fish cold water. I think the
above referenced article will be a big help to anyone. I have written many articles
about fly fishing cold water and I will follow this up with information on that subject
tomorrow. By the way, you can sign up for the Perfect Fly Journal just below here on
your right. Also, if you click the "Fishing Journal Index" link on the above article page,
you can see the some other articles in the October Issue.
Smoky Mountain Weather:
Today's high in Gatlinburg will be near 53. There is a 20 percent chance of showers
before 7am this morning. It will be mostly cloudy with north wind around 5 mph.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a low around 36.
Thursday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers before 1pm. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 42. Northwest wind will be around 5 mph. Thursday night's
low will be around 22 degrees.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data:
Little River: Rate 176 cfs at 1.81 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 226 cfs at 1.33 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 43 cfs at 2.24 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but it is in very good shape.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake: I don't
have any reports but I'm almost positive it is about normal and in good shape.
Current Recommended Streams:
I recommend you fish the lower elevations. The brown trout are spawning, so please
leave them alone so they can raise some children for us to play with. Avoid wading
through their redds.
Recommended Trout Flies:
1. Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18/16
2. Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
3. Cream Midges: 20/22
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.
Until I spotted something hatching, assuming I was fishing a low to mid elevation
stream, I would fish a size 18 Blue-winged Olive nymph. Many of the species of
mayflies called Blue-winged Olives are bi-brooded, meaning they hatch twice a year.
They are swimming nymphs that dart around in short spurts and hide wherever they
can. They don't stay wedged up under the rocks like most of the other mayfly
nymphs, the majority of which are clingers.
If the water is below 43 degrees, I would switch to a Cream Midge larva and Cream
Midge Pupa tandem rig, with the larva the bottom fly and the pupa above it.
If you spot something hatching, it will most likely be Cream Midges or small
Blue-winged Olives. Switch to the adult Cream Midge, if it is midges hatching, or the
BWO Dun or emerger, if it is the BWOs.
Tips for Beginners:
Be careful wading and don't step on water covered with leaves where you cannot see
the bottom, don't wade through redds at the lower end of the pools where brown trout
are spawning and don't fall in. You could get familiar with hypothermia.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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