Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/27/15
Yesterday, turned out to be a very good day for fishing the streams of the park. I
talked to and received email from three different groups fishing, all of which caught
several trout. The conditions were about as good as you could expect for this time of
I like the forecast for next week. They show a chance of rain everyday and if they are
close to being right, it looks as if there will be a good chance of some more rain and
cloudy cover about every day. It also doesn't indicate a system that should blow out
the streams, rather more of what we have seen so far. What has fell so far, got
soaked up by dry terrain pretty fast.
It looks like South Carolina got plenty of rain. According to Mike Broach, it was getting
so dry there the kudzu was dieing. I didn't think anything short of an atomic bomb
could kill Kudzu. Japan sent it over here to get even with us for winning the war.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly after 1pm. It will be mostly
cloudy with a high near 79.
Monday, there's a 40 percent chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy with a high near
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: 49 cfs at 1.16 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 140 cfs at 1.07 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 39 cfs at 2.22 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It was near normal level yesterday, afternoon. .
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
According to a customer fishing Hazel, it was near normal yesterday.
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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and master than other types of fishing. It isn't.
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