Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/22/15
The streams seem to fall fast when they do get some rain and, of course, this is due
to the general overall dry terrain. The good thing is the daily high temperature is in
the low eighties, not the low nineties, and that makes a big difference. The nights are
a lot cooler and that helps just as well. When I say "helps", I'm really referring to
water temperature. The lower the level of the water, the faster it will warm up because
there's less of it. That's the thing that keeping the streams in good shape lately.
If you fish Little River, fish the East Prong and above Elkmont Campground. Most of
the water is getting marginal again. I would also fish at elevations at least 2000 feet
or higher, unless you fish early in the mornings.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be mostly sunny with a high near 83. Calm wind will come from the northwest around
5 mph in the afternoon.
Sunday, there is a chance of showers with thunderstorms also possible after 8am. It
will be partly sunny with a high near 83. Calm wind will be from the west around 5
mph in the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
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: 69 cfs at 1.32 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 201 cfs at 1.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 32 cfs at 2.16 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is in good shape but below normal.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, Hazel is getting back a little low again but still in good shape
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 2000 foot elevation.
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
Mahogany Duns: 18
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.
Cream Cahills are hatching. Look for them in the faster water areas. They will get
caught up in the fast water runs and riffles. Mahogany Duns should start hatching
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