Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/26/15
Normally, when we get rain in the Smokies after a long dry spell, the streams all tend
to get high and off color, and sometimes blown out for a while. What we received
yesterday, and last night, was just the right amount. Most of the streams are up near
the normal levels for this time of the year and in good shape. The only thing a little
concerning is the front is stationary and it will continue to rain off and on through the
first of next week. This could be a good thing as long as the amounts are reasonable
and not too high, or it could result in high water levels. We will just have to wait and
Harvey and his son are in Cherokee fishing the park. They did good yesterday, until
it started raining heavy. They are hoping to get a chance ot fish some more today
and the odds for that look pretty good.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
It is still raining. Today, showers are likely. It will be cloudy with a high near 72. East
wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
Sunday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers. It will be partly sunny with a high
near 77. The wind will be calm 5 mph.
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams with links that have nearby USGS Station Real-time stream data: Click
the links to see updates:
Little River: Rate: 94 cfs at 1.41 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 249 cfs at 1.40 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 49 cfs at 2.29 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: I haven't seen it this morning yet, but my guess is it is near a
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Hazel and other streams draining into Cherokee Lake are probably near normal
levels. I'm basing that on the precipitation map, not actual reports.
Current Recommended Streams:
Any of the streams in the park.
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Blue-winged olives: 18/20 and 14
(Little BWOs, Acentrella, Diphetor 20/18's and Eastern BWOs, Drunella 14s
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
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 a Cream Cahill or
Little Yellow Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the
When the Slate Drakes, Mahogany Duns, and BWOs 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 stoneflies are hatching, but of course, these hatches take place during
the evenings. All stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. Fishing a 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.
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