Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/31/15
I didn't get the opportunity to talk to anyone that fished yesterday, or answer any of
the email I received yesterday and last night about the Smokies. I'll be playing
catchup all day today on that as well as many other things.
The conditions for fly fishing the streams of the park are currently excellent, and look
good for the entire week and the coming weekend. It will rain to some extent later this
week and it will be a little cooler on Saturday and Sunday after the front pases. As of
now, there isn't any heavy rain in the forecast, but that is something we will be
keeping an eye on.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 3pm. It will
be mostly sunny with a high near 69. West wind will range from 5 to 15 mph with
gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight, there is a chance of showers and thunderstorms
before midnight, then a chance of showers between midnight and 3am. The low will
be around 43. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
Wednesday, will be sunny with a high near 68. The wind will be around 5 mph in the
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
to links to see updates:
Little River: 328 cfs at 2.25 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 558 cfs at 1.99 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 125 cfs at 2.67 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. It was in good shape yesterday
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. My guess
is they are in good shape.
Current Recommended Streams: You should be able to fish any lower to
medium elevation stream.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
Blue Quills: 18
Quill Gordons: 12/14
Little Black Caddis: 18
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
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, I would fish a size 18 Blue Quill Nymph. They are
little crawler nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are currently
If you spot something hatching (coming off the water) that is relatively small, it will
most likely be Blue Quills, Blue-winged Olives,or Little Black Caddis. It it is relatively
large, it will be a Quill Gordon. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult
imitations of the insect. If you see Blue Quills, BWOs, or Quill Gordons hatching,
there will be a spinner fall late in the day. Often, you can catch more trout fishing the
spinner fall quicker than you can during the hatch. Change to the spinner imitation of
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