Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/14/15
April showers will bring May flowers. It will also keep the stream levels up. They are
currently rising this morning, but I don't think we have received enough so far to blow
any of them out. It is very difficult for the weather experts to predict the amounts with
this type of weather. There is one thing that's probably accurate about it. It will be
raining off and on for the next several days. Right now, conditions for catching plenty
of trout are very good.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, showers are likely before noon, then showers likely and possibly a
thunderstorm between noon and 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms
after 1pm. It will be cloudy with a high near 73. Southwest wind will be from 5 to 10
mph. The chance of precipitation is 60%. Tonight's low will be around 56.
Wednesday, showers are likely, mainly between noon and 3pm. It will be cloudy with
a high near 68. Calm wind will become south around 5 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 60%.
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: 291 cfs at 2.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 827 cfs at 2.36 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 167 cfs at 2.83 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. According to Angie, it was about
normal yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. Customers
are reporting they are is very good shape.
Current Recommended Streams: If it rains much, you need to watch the
levels and possibly stick with a smaller 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
Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females
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
hatching. If you happen to know where Quill Gordons are currently hatching, you
should start out in the morning fishing a Quill Gordon nymph.
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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