Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/05/15
It looks like all the streams in the park are getting back into good shape. Cataloochee
Creek is still a little high but will probably be low enough to wade this afternoon. The
weather is going to be mostly clear with cool fall, like temperatures. There is little to
no wind. What more could you ask for?
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there is a 20 percent chance of showers after 1pm. It will be partly sunny with
a high near 77. Northeast wind will be around 5 mph.
Tuesday, it will be mostly sunny with a high near 76. The wind will be calm.
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: 253 cfs at 1.98 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 572 cfs at 2.01 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 173 cfs at 2.86 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It was still a little high yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
My guess is they are a little high but maybe okay to wade.
Current Recommended Streams:
Little River, either of the three prongs
Recommended Trout Flies:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6
Blue-winged olives: 20 and 14
(Little BWOs, Acentrella, Diphetor 20s 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
Great Autumn Brown Sedges: 10
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 Little Yellow
Quill. Change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.
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.
The big fall caddis, Great Autumn Brown sedges, hatch very late in the afternoon
and mostly early evenings. The egg laying occurs anywhere from mid afternoon until
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