Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/02/17
The weather forecast has changed frequently the past two days. It is understandable,
thanks to the tropical storm system movement. It should be more stable now, and is
showing a 50% chance of rain today, with none tomorrow. The streams on the North
Carolina side of the park are near the normal levels for this time of the year. Those on
the Tennessee side are still a little below normal levels. All together, they are in much
better shape than they have been in the past few days. I hope you get an opportunity
to fish this holiday, weekend.
I didn't get to write what I wanted to write about terrestrials, yesterday. I still think
Japanese beetles and Carpenter ants will work good after it rains. The ground, trees
and bushes are covered thickly with them. Just don't fish them when something is
hatching, and there are still some hatches taking place. You should be able to fish
anywhere but the very lowest elevations.
Sorry, for missing yesterday's report. We were slammed again with lots of orders and I
had to help the fulfilment gals and guys out the past two days. I'm certainly not
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.
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a 50 percent chance of showers. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high
near 68. Southwest wind will be around 10 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than
a tenth of an inch is possible. Tonight, there's a 20 percent chance of showers before
Sunday, will be sunny with a high near 80. Southwest wind will be from 5 to 10 mph
becoming west in the afternoon.
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 112 cfs at 1.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 282 cfs at 1.45 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 41 cfs at 2.25 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is still a little low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are near normal levels.
Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(email@example.com) 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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