Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/21/15
All the major streams are still blown out. The ground is saturated and the streams are
falling slower than they normally would. They will get a good break today, with no rain
in the forecast. I hate to as much as mention it, but there are two more chances of
rain this week. The weather guys are giving it my favorite line or odds - that's 50% on
Wednesday and about 60% on Saturday. Let's just hope if it rains, it doesn't rain
much. If it rains very much, you will be looking at very high stream levels all week and
this weekend. Right now, it isn't looking very good for this weekend. I'm sure that's
not what the local mom and pop fly shops want me to mention and I hope the outlook
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny with a high near 66. West wind will ranges from 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight's low will be around 46.
Wednesday, there's a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and
thunderstorms after 2pm. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind will
range from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation
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: 1000 cfs at 3.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 1740 cfs at 3.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 393 cfs at 3.48 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby. I feel sure it is still blown out this
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake. I feel sure
they are still blown out.
Current Recommended Streams: Small streams in the mid to higher
Recommended Trout Flies:
Hook Size 20/18
Blue Quills: 18
American March Browns: 10/12
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
Eastern Green Drakes: 4/6 (Abrams Creek Only)
Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18
Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
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-winged Olive Nymph.
They are little swimming nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are
currently hatching. 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 Hendrickson or American March Brown.
Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect. If you see
Blue Quills, BWOs, March Browns or Hendricksons/Red Quills 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 the mayfly.
Giant Black Stoneflies should begin to hatch any day now. Fishing a Giant Black
Stonefly nymph very late in the afternoon near sunset may produce a very large trout
for you. The nymphs are coming out from under their hiding places to fully develop
their wing pads.
Tips for Beginners:
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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