Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/06/17
I've been complaining about the dry weather for the past several days, but it appears
we may be getting more than we need the first of next week. That's because the latest
track of tropical storm Nate. You can just about rest assured it will become a hurricane
when it gets in the Gulf. The long range weather predictions show in hitting the
northern Gulf Coast from the western Panhandle to Southeastern Louisiana, and
continuing with heavy rain right through Mississippi and Alabama, and through this
section of Tennessee on Monday.

Why am I making an issue of this? I think it will hit the coast as a hurricane. I well
remember Opal, a category 4, which hit the Gulf Coast in
October of 1995, with its
center landing near Pensacola. I was living on the far west end of Panama City Beach
in a new 2 story home a block from the beach, where we had category 2-3 winds. Like
an idiot, I decided to stay home and ride it out. I was tired of packing up a few
belongings and expensive editing and camera equipment, and leaving town running
from hurricane treats.

Opal tore much of the shingles and a canopy off the house. I was living by myself at the
time, and was probably the only dummy that stayed on the beach in that area. I had
three Ranger boats at the time. My 25 ft, twin outboard Ranger was at the Marina in
dry storage, and my 27 Sportscraft was at the marina in outside storage. I had a new
23 foot Ranger Sheriffs Boat that I had shown at a National Boating Safety Convention
that was parked on a trailer in the driveway next the garage. I also had a 18 foot
Ranger Jet Boat parked on a trailer in the driveway behind it. After the storm ended, I
found the Jet Boat about a block away across the street in someone's front yard. It was
still on the trailer and completely unharmed. The Sheriffs boat was moved on its trailer
to my front yard off the driveway and unharmed.

I also had a 18 foot canoe with a square transom and trolling motor that I put on the
front porch to hopefully keep it from blowing away. The night of the first day the storm
ended, with no electricity, I heard men talking outside. I got my 30-06 and went out on
the upper deck off my bedroom, to see three guys carrying my canoe into the street to
the back of their truck. I yelled and they ran with it over their heads. Thieves often
show up after storms thinking no one is at home. I should have shot in the air to scare
them, but I didn't. I would never shot anyone stealing something unless they posed me
or others harm.  They could hear and see me with the gun. I'm sure I scared them but
that was it. I never saw my canoe again. It they had of spotted the jet boat still a block
away, I'm sure they would have taken it. The Sheriff boat was too big for them to steal.

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.

(To be continued)

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny, with a high near 82. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming
north in the morning. Tonight's low will be around 58.

Saturday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Saturday
night, there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms, then showers likely after
8pm. The low will be around 67.

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 34.4 cfs at 1.27 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs

Oconaluftee River: Rate 135 cfs at 1.02 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 34.9 cfs at 2.20 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 running low.

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 Sculpin:
Hook Size 6

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

Blue-winged olives: 18 and 20

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 10/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10

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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James Marsh
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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