Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/28/15
I'm just sitting here at the computer, looking at yesterday's forecast of wind gust of up
to 30 MPH. Somehow, I missed that taking place. Now, the National weather service is
showing a high wind warning until 10:00 AM this morning. Yesterday, another website
weather forecast was showing wind warnings of up to 70 mph. It looks to me like they
have three hours to prove they are not complete idiots.
In addition to the misleading wind forecast, at least up until now, notice stream levels
are still very low. I think the forecast should have read "sprinkles", instead of
showers. I have an idea the wind will blow but only a very short time right when the
front passes and the winds shifs today. You may be able to fly a kite.
I did a report on the Davidson River first thing this morning and noticed the stream
levels were very high. I guess I was expecting something similar with the park streams
but realized, it hasn't rained hard enough yet, for me to even hear it. Looking at the
Precipitation map, shows what happened. Not far to the east of the Smokies, North
Carolina, received anywhere from 1 to as much as 4 inches. It probably averaged 3
inches in that area. It appears that we just missed it. We need the rain.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, expect more showers, mainly between 8am and 2pm. It will be cloudy with a
high near 69. South wind will range from 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the
afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday, there is a 30 percent chance of showers, mainly before 11am. It will be
partly sunny with a high near 66. West wind will be around 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: 90 cfs at 1.39 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rat 215 cfs at 1.31 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs, and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 50 cfs at 2.30 ft (good wading conditions up to 125 with
extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It was still low yesterday afternoon.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
Customers are reporting they are low.
Current Recommended Streams:
I think you could fish anywhere in the park you wanted to today.
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
Great Autumn Brown Sedges: 10
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 Blue-winged
Olive. 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.
Little Yellow Quills and Needle Stoneflies usually remain in the middle elevations and
sometimes, high elevations, until mid November. They are not usually found in the
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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and master than other types of fishing. It isn't.
Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:
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