Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/25/17
At this time of the year, the stream levels drop back down fast after they rise from a
good rain. They are all running low again, especially those on the Tennessee side of
the park. We are back to a hide and seek game again.

For the benefit of those new to fly fishing the small streams of the park, let me list a few
simple, basic things to keep in mind. The single most important factor in catching trout
at this time is staying hidden from the trout. The lower the water level, the easier it is
for the trout to see you. The best way to stay hidden from the fish is to stay below their
line of vision. That isn't possible in many cases, but it certainly means you don't want to
stand high on the top of a rock in the stream and cast. Another good way to stay
hidden from the trout, is to stay behind something, like a large boulder. Of course, that
isn't always possible.

Dress to blend in with the background. At this time of the year, that is mostly green. A
green shirt, and a green hat helps you stay blended in with the background. You don't
need to put green paint on your face like you were turkey hunting. You just don't want
to wear any clothes with bright shades of color that make it easier for the trout to see
you. Unless your almost directly above a trout in the water, the trout's view of you is
distorted. The lower you stay relative to the trout, the more distorted their view of you.
As long as you are perfectly still, it is possible for them to see you and not be
frightened. Quick or sudden movements quickly get their attention. They are used to
seeing objects in the background that don't move, like the bank, boulders, and trees.
Yes, you have to cast to catch them, and that requires some movement.

It is more difficult for them to see you, if you approach them from their rear. They are
usually facing upstream, looking for food drifting downstream. That is why you need to
wade and cast in an upstream direction.

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Fish'n Tales: (New Series - See the Menu of articles on your right: We plan on
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and writing mostly off the top of my head, with no editing. It isn't intended to be a
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, the is a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. It will be
mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 90. Tonights' low will be around 67.

Wednesday, there is a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It
will be mostly sunny, with a high near 89. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming
north in the morning.

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 91.8 cfs at 1.66 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs

Oconaluftee River: Rate 245 cfs at 1.36 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 54.7 cfs at 2.32 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little low again.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little low again.

Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
( or call us at 800 594 4726 providing the specific times
you plan on fishing the park, and we will provide a list of flies and other associated
gear and equipment you need.

Trout Flies Currently Needed:
Brown and White Belly Sculpins:
Hook Size 6

Black and/or Olive Matuka Sculpin:
Size 4, 6, 8

Blue-winged olives: 14 Eastern BWOs

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14

Cream Cahills: 14/16

Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18 (mostly Abrams Creek)

Little Green Stoneflies: 16

Slate Drakes: 10/12

Inch Worms: 10, 12, 14

Japanese Beetles: 14/16

Carpenter Ants: 16/18

Sandwich Hoppers: 6/8/10/12

New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 8/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Mahogany Dun: 18

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.

Not all of the insects you see above will be hatching in the same location. It is usually
only two or three. It varies with the elevation. Some are just starting in the low
elevations and some about finished in the higher elevations. 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 BWO or maybe the Light Cahill nymph. If you spot something hatching (coming
off the water), change to the appropriate emerger, dun or adult imitations of the insect.

Tips for Beginners:
Don't let anyone intimidate you by contending that fly fishing is more difficult to learn
and master than other types of fishing. It isn't.

Tips for the Self Proclaimed Experts:

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James Marsh
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