Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 07/30/17
The weather is going to be a little cooler than normal today, but it looks like it will be
creeping back up high after today. The streams are all low. You might get by fishing
the middle elevations today, or from about 2000 feet up but you would be better off
sticking to streams that are 2500 feet or higher.
I am running a little late getting this report out this morning. I am trying to get all the
new Perfect Fly product we have online. I made the mistake of trying to add to many
new products at once. We are working on new orders now to get us through the
holiday season. I have two part time employees that helps with our website work but I
personally do the work required to add new product. I probably need to chance that.
We have two new types of sinkants that are yet to be put online - Loon Deep Soft
Weight and Loon and Henry's Sinkant. I dislike using anything but lead split-shot but
I'm aware that it isn't good for the environment. I'm also aware that many places such
as Yellowstone National Park doesn't allow lead. Speaking of that, we just added a new
lead split-shot dispenser.
There are several new flies, some Perfect Flies, and some generic flies that we
constantly get request for. We have them in inventory but haven't yet got them online.
There are several other things I have yet to get online for purchase that we already
have in inventory. Some of it is new product that I have come up with that I don't want
to reveal until I get it online.
Fish'n Tales: (New Series - See the Menu of articles on your right: We plan on
replacing these every two to four days. Note that this is something I am just sitting down
and writing mostly off the top of my head, with no editing. It isn't intended to be a
professionally done release of any kind.
The next six years of the learning curve - part 3 - Coming Soon
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be sunny with a high near 81. Wind from the north will be around 5 mph in
the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 60.
Monday, will be sunny with a high near 84. Wind will be from the north around 5 mph in
the afternoon. Monday night's low will be around 62.
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 93 cfs at 1.67 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 257 cfs at 1.39 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 42 cfs at 2.26 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is running low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all low.
Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(firstname.lastname@example.org) 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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