Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 08/24/17
Yes, it is Thursday, the day I advise out of town folks considering a trip to the Smokies
to fish during the weekend, as to the conditions they should expect to encounter. This
is an easy one - expect low water levels and spooky wild and native trout.
Normally, at this time of the year, the crowds of visitors are gone and you don't have to
worry about others spooking the fish you are trying to catch. You only have to worry
about you spooking the trout you are trying to catch.
Fly anglers are a weird group of outdoor enthusiasts who pay a lot of attention to any
and everything that's mostly unimportant, and very little attention to the thing that
should be most important. How do you catch a trout on a fly? You simply fool the fish
into taking the fly (a hook with hair, feathers, and other things tied on it) for something
to eat. Even so, you often hear those identified as local experts, tell you that the fly
isn't that important. That should leave you wondering exactly what is important. I don't
know the answer to that.
The same local experts will tell you that you shouldn't let the trout see you, or you will
spook them. I do know it isn't the fly line they need to see, because if so, you wouldn't
need a clear piece of line tied to the end of it called a leader, to hopefully keep the
trout from seeing the fly line. It couldn't be the fly rod or reel, because if the trout see
that, they would likely see you.
Even though they will tell you the fly isn't that important, the same local expert will tell
you the trout shouldn't see anything else but the fly. Are you confused? If not, you
certainly should be.
Let me help you out. When you are trying to catch a trout on a fly, there are many
things involved that are important, but the fly is by far the most important thing
there is. When anyone tells you the fly isn't important, it likely means they are
probably trying to sell you something else, maybe something more costly or profitable
that a two dollar fly.
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 79. Wind will be from the northeast around 5 mph
in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 59.
Friday, will be sunny with a high near 80. East wind will be around 5 mph. Friday night's
low will be around 60.
Saturday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers after 2pm. It will be mostly sunny
with a high near 80. Saturday night, there's a 20 percent chance of showers.
Sunday, there's a slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after
2pm. It will be partly sunny with a high near 80. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
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 69 cfs at 1.52 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 197 cfs at 1.23 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 37 cfs at 2.22 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are 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: 20 Little BWOs
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Mahogany Duns: 18
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
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 9/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.
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 Slate Drake 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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