Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/14/15
I should mention the National Park Service and local weather stations are reporting a
weather alert from the National Weather Service. "Severe weather is possible across
the southern Appalachians today and tonight. Damaging straight line winds, large
hail, heavy rainfall, and tornados are possible. Pay attention to the latest forecast
information, including watches and warnings".
Harvey is back in town to catch and release some more trout. He fished Cosby Creek
on his way in yesterday and reported there is a big difference in the looks of the
creek from the last time he was here fishing it. The flash flood of June 23rd, did quite
a bit of damage to the campground and stream. Such a situation, and possibly even
worse, is possible today. If your going to be in the park today, I suggest you pay
close attention to the weather. That means you too, Harvey.
They finally figured out what is causing the shark attacks on the North
It is Derek Porter, our regularly feathered elite trout angler. He is on Bald Head Island
"fishing" of all things. Yesterday, he was attacked by a angry lady who said he was
posing a real danger to her children by fishing and attracting shark.
When I first heard about it, I thought he had gone by a mortuary or maybe a
slaughter house in Atlanta on his way to the coast and picked up a few gallons of
chum. That's what I would have done. After checking with him, I discovered he was
using tiny shrimp for bait that are about the size of a peanut, catching trophy pinfish
and baby stingrays.
It is amazing how something that seemingly simple and harmless has caused the
entire North Carolina beach front to become the feeding grounds of human seeking
shark. Once they find such an easy meal as small kids in the water, they tend to stick
with the plan just like bears and garbage cans.
Derek, who is probably spending a few hundred bucks a day on little Palm Beach of
North Carolina, trying to please his wife and two sons, is fearful he will be tared and
feathered. I mean the private island is so elite you can only use a gold plated golf
cart for transportation (cars are not allolwed) is afraid of angry land sharks. I think
the least the state of N.C. could do, would be to set up a few "Sanctuary Cities", or
"Sanctuary Beaches", for visiting pinfish fishers.
Meantime, if you want to catch a shark, the best strategy is to find some little kids,
and talk them into playing in the water on the beach in the same area you cast. For
bait, if you want to go with artificial lures, go by a Walmart Children's clothing
department, get an arm off of a child manikin, and make a streamer out of it.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 8am this morning. It will be
mostly cloudy with a high near 89. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 70%.
Wednesday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 86. West wind will be around 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: 94 cfs at 1.45 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 245 cfs at 1.39 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 40 cfs at 2.22 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: Yesterday, it was in good shape and appeared to be near
normal yesterday morning.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, the streams are a little below normal level.
Current Recommended Streams:
You can fish just about anywhere you want to today, but I would stick to the mid to
high elevations. The streams in the lower elevations are too warm to fish. All of the
streams are getting on the low side. This means extra stealth is going to be required
to catch trout.
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
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Light Cahills: 14/16
Cream Cahills: 14/16
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 the Slate Drake nymph. They are big swimming
nymphs that are easily caught and eaten by trout and are still hatching. If you spot
something else hatching (coming off the water), it will most likely be Light or Cream
Cahills. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.
When the Slate Drakes, Light or Cream Cahills 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.
Little Yellow and Little Green 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 Little Green 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.
As mentioned above, Light and Cream Cahills are hatching. Look for them in the
faster water areas. They will get caught up in the fast water runs and riffles.
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