Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 06/12/15
For a change, we got lucky and that 20% chance of rain (for yesterday) paid off. The
Smokies received a good amount of rain. An  area near Gatlinburg received over an
inch of rain. Most of the park probably received about a quarter to a half inch. A few
areas didn't receive any. Little River, which needed it more than any of the
watersheds, got lucky. The flow bounced up to near a normal level. The best chance
for more rain is today and tomorrow. The chances for rain range from 50 percent
today to 40 percent tomorrow. All the streams are in pretty good shape as of now,
but I think the more rain we get, the better off we are.

Click the Little River stream level link under the "Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions"
section below. Note the tiny "more" link under the daily discharge numerical data
section down the page a short ways. When you click it, you can see the daily mean
values for the last 50 years for each month of the year. Notice June and July are
always lower than January through May and that there is a gradual decline from
August to October. September and October appear to average lower than any of the
twelve months of the year.
More importantly, notice that for the past few
weeks, Little River hasn't even averaged the normal flows for September or

I'm not about to try to analyze this. I'm certainly not a weather or climate expert. I just
feel like we need more rain as we go into the time frame period when the flows are
usually the lowest. Hopefully, it is just a temporary weather pattern that will change
back to a more normal situation. That's my best guess.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect isolated showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after
8am this morning. It will be partly sunny with a high near 85. Light southwest wind will
become west at 5 to 10 mph this morning. The chance of precipitation is 50%.

Saturday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 85. West wind will range from 5 to 10 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: Rate: 162 cfs at 1.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs

Oconaluftee River: Rate 327 cfs at 1.568 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 63 cfs at 2.37 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: Yesterday afternoon it was a little high and rising from heavy

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to our customers fishing Hazel Creek, it was about normal yesterday.

Current Recommended Streams: I think you can fish about anywhere you
want to today and have a good opportunity to hook plenty of trout..

Recommended Trout Flies:
Blue-winged Olives:
Hook Size 20/18

American March Browns:
Hook Size: 10/12
emerging duns

Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but a few in all of the streams) 16/18

Green Caddis: 14/16
larva (green rock worms)

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14 (called sulphurs by some)

Sulphurs: 16/18

Slate Drakes: 10/12

Golden Stoneflies: 10/12

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14

Light Cahills: 16

Inch Worms: Hook size : 10/12/14

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.
If you fished the day or two before and know where something is hatching, fish the
nymph or larva stage of it. If you haven't fished the day or two before, 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 still hatching. If
you spot something else hatching (coming off the water) that is relatively small, it will
most likely be Light Cahills. It it is relatively large, it will probably be an Eastern Pale
Evening Dun or American March Brown. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or
adult imitations of the insect. Slate Drakes are starting to hatch but remember, they
hatch out of the water. Only the spinners get on the water unless it is purely

When March Browns, Slate Drakes, Light Cahills or Eastern Pale Evening Duns are
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, Golden Stoneflies and Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching,
but of course, this takes place during the evenings. Fishing a Giant Black Stonefly
nymph, Golden Stonefly nymph or Little Yellow Stonefly nymph very late in the
afternoon near sunset should produce. If you see the stoneflies depositing their eggs
on the surface of the water, switch to the adult imitation of the stonefly.

Eastern Pale Evening Duns, often called Sulphurs but not true Sulphurs are still
hatching in some areas. True Sulphurs are beginning to hatch. These are not any
and everywhere, but some of the larger pools.

As mentioned above, Light Cahills are hatching. Look for them in the faster water
areas. They will get caught up in the fast water runs and riffles.

Tips for Beginners:

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:

Whatever Hits Me:
Thank you

James Marsh
Copyright 2015 James Marsh
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