Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/30/15
I love the Erika weather forecast. My favorite is the Weather Channel forecast,
"Florida is in the cone of uncertainty". Another one says, "uncertainty remains high in
the forecast". They don't have the courage to say "we don't have a cue". I say,
"where is a good hurricane when we need one?" I take it back. Just kidding.
It looks like the mountains may get some rain today and tonight. They need it badly.
Here again, the weather experts are either not good enough at what they do or not
brave enough to say, so they get out of it by saying there's a 60% chance. That
means it may rain and it may not rain.
Actually, the streams are not in that bad of shape at all for the end of the month of
August. We do have September remaining, and it always get a little scary because it
is not normally a good month for what's considered to be a "tropical rain forest".
By the way, my guess is, the reason the Little River USGS gauge isn't working is
there isn't enough water in the river to reach the bottom of the gauge. I'm kidding
again, so it is obvious I have nothing worth writing about. Have a good day and
thanks for checking in on the most popular website on fly fishing the Smokies.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 2pm. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 80. Calm wind will change to the northeast around 5 mph in
the afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 60%.
Monday, there's a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and
thunderstorms after noon. It will be partly sunny with a high near 83. The chance of
precipitation is 30%.
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. (Gauge not working)
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 138 cfs at 1.06 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 26 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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