Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/30/15
It is too cold to fish in the South. You should go to the Rocky Mountains where it is
warm. I'm kidding, of course. The only good thing about the cool weather is the trout
love it. The water is high and dirty from melting snow in many western streams and it
is water that they are going to need later in the year. The water in the streams of the
Smokies will remain around fifty degrees or above, and that is excellent. It is just a
little to chilly to wet wade. It's so nice you won't have to worry about a bunch of
drunks in their bathing suits coming down your favorite run in a float tube.
The weather and stream levels are going to be so good this weekend, the local
self-proclaimed experts will have to dig in the bottom of their excuse bag to find a
reason for not catching and releasing a record number of trout. Well, I forgot that
they can also resort to hyperbole.
It is going to warm up over the weekend and temperatures will be reaching the low
eighties next week. That will give everyone a shot at complaining about it being too
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a slight chance of showers before 1pm, then a chance of showers
and thunderstorms between 1pm and 3pm, then showers and possibly a
thunderstorm after 3pm. The high will be near 62. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight's low will be 42 with a 60% chance of precipitation.
Friday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 9am. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 61. Northwest wind will b e around 5 mph. Friday night's low
will be around 45.
Saturday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 70. Calm wind will become north
around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night's low will be around 47.
Sunday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 72.
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: 235 cfs at 2.01 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 635 cfs at 2.10 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 143 cfs at 2.74 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River doesn't have a station nearby but i is in good shape.
Current Recommended Streams: All the streams should be okay today.
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:
Whatever Hits Me:
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