Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/27/15
Notice, I dated today's date correctly. For some reason, that is just difficult for me to
remember to do.
Some of the streams are getting back very low again. The Little River watershed has
had a difficult time keeping in line with most of the other streams in the park all year.
On the average, it has been lower in relationship to most other streams this year. For
some reason beyond my ability to figure out, rain showers just seem to want to avoid
it. I really just think it is just a matter of luck, or rather the lack of it. Now that I mention
that, it will probably get blown out when the next rain comes.
The East Prong of Little River is without a doubt the best all around stream on the
Tennessee side of the park. For one simple reason, it is the largest, and another
important reason is it has all three species of trout. The Little Pigeon River watershed
and most of the other streams on the Tennessee side, do not have brown trout.
Local angles are well aware of that, but it is often forgotten or overlooked by visiting
I won't mention what I think is the best one on the North Carolina side of the park. I
don't want to start a fly fishing war.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
As I usually do on Thursdays, I am providing the forecast through Sunday.
Today, will be mostly sunny with a high near 81. East wind will be around 5 mph in
the morning. Tonight's low will be 61,
Friday, will be mostly sunny with a high near 83. Wind will be from the north around 5
mph in the afternoon.
Saturday, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after
2pm. It will be partly sunny with a high near 82. Southwest wind will be around 5 mph.
Sunday, there is a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. It will be partly
sunny with a high near 82.
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: 47 cfs at 1.19 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 146 cfs at 1.09 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 27 cfs at 2.11 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is a low, but not to low to fish.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to customers, Hazel is low again, but still okay to fish.
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams above about the 2000 foot elevation. I think you should avoid the
Little River watershed. It is very low.
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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