Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/09/15
On Thursdays, I always show the forecast for Gatlinburg through the weekend, so
that anyone planning to make a run to the Smokies gets a good idea of what the
weather should be. Why do I use Gatlinburg weather? It is at an elevation of 1600
feet which is always a little different than that of the valley or Knoxville weather, for
example. During the hot summer months, I recommend you fish above about 2500
feet. If you fish lower elevations than that, I recommend doing so early in the morning
or late in the day.
The outlook for the upcoming weekend looks very good. The odds of more rain are
low, but maybe the streams will get lucky and get hit by a good shower to help
maintain the good water levels we have now. We have lots of Perfect Fly customers
fishing this coming weekend and during the next couple of weeks, for that matter.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. West wind will be from 5 to 10 mph.
Friday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
2pm. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming northwest in the afternoon.
Sunday, will be partly sunny with a high near 87.
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:124 cfs at 1.58 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 322 cfs at 1.57 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 49 cfs at 2.28 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: Yesterday, it was in great shape and appeared to be a little
below a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, the streams are a little below a normal level.
Current Recommended Streams:
You can fish just about anywhere you want to today, but I would stick to the mid to
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Cinnamon Caddis: (mostly Abrams but a few in all of the streams) 16/18
Green Sedges (Caddis): 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Light Cahills: 16
Inch Worms: Hook size : 10/12/14
Green/Tan/Orange Hoppers: 10/12
Black Carpenter Ants: 16/18
Japanese Beetles: 16/14
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 Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming nymphs
that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are hatching. If you spot something
else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be Light Cahills or Sulphurs.
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 accidental.
When the Slate Drakes, Light Cahills or Sulphurs 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.
Golden Stoneflies and Little Yellow stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these
hatches take place during the evenings. Both species of stoneflies crawl out of the
water to hatch. Fishing a 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
As mentioned above, Light Cahills and in some isolated area, Sulphurs,are hatching.
Look for the Light Cahills in the faster water areas. They will get caught up in the fast
water runs and riffles. Look for the Sulphurs in the slower water of the larger pools.
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