Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/08/17
I guess the weather forecast shows what I meant about getting more rain that we ask
for in the last report I gave a couple days ago. It will be raining for the next couple of
days, and likely drop as much as two inches or more. It is needed and hopefully, it will
solve the dry weather and low water levels for a good while. I just noticed a Smoky
Mountains National Park website alert is saying that the National Weather Service is
reporting rainfall amounts could be as much as 4 to 10 inches in the park.
Winds are expected to be strong tonight, and the park is not a good place to be. I don't
see any campground closings yet, but there likely will be.
There is one thing that kelp Nate from being another category 4 Opel. That is the fast
speed it progressed across the warm Gulf waters. Hopefully, it didn't cause much
damage to anyone. The country has had enough problems this year.
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, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. Some of the storms could
produce heavy rain. The high will be near 76. Southeast wind will range from 5 to 10
mph. The chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts of between three
quarters and one inch is possible. Tonight, expect showers. The rain could be heavy at
times. The low will be around 70. It will be windy, with a southeast wind 25 to 30 mph
decreasing to 15 to 20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts of between 1 and 2 inches
Columbus Day, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The high will be near 80.
Southwest wind will be from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. The chance of
precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts of between a tenth and quarter of an inch,
except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms.
Monday night, showers are likely. It will be mostly cloudy, with a low around 66. The
chance of precipitation is 70%.
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 30.8 cfs at 1.24 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 33.6 cfs at 2.19 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
(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 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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