Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/26/15
It is hard to tell exactly which streams got the most rain last night. Some of them are
just now showing a rise at the USGS stations. Obviously, the Cataloochee Valley got
quite a bit of rain. According to the National Weather Service Precipitation map, the
Little Pigeon River watershed received over an inch. I think it would be a good idea to
choose a smaller size stream to fish today, although some larger ones could be just
fine. Some streams could rise some and still be in good shape.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 3pm. It will be cloudy,
with a high near 66. Northwest wind will be around 10 mph. Tonight's low will be
Monday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 64. North wind will range from 5 to 15
mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
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: 396 cfs at 2.40 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 819 cfs at 2.35 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 295 cfs at 3.23 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 getting into good shape
yesterday afternoon. Not sure what last night's rain did.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake.They were
in good shape yesterday afternoon. Not sure what last nights rain did.
Current Recommended Streams: Most streams should be okay today. The
Little Pigeon appears to have received about an inch and a half of rain. It is also
affecting Little River but not that much. Cataloochee received a lot of rain last night.
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.
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