Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/12/17
Today, is the day of the week that I try to advise those planning a trip to fly fish the
streams of the Smokies, as to the conditions they should expect. The stream levels are
all in good shape, and there's little to no rain in the forecast through Sunday. It should
be an excellent time to fly fish the streams. We do recommend fishing the lower middle
to the higher elevations. The lowest elevations get a little too warm during the
Next week, it should begin to feel more like Fall. The long range weather forecast is
predicting cooler weather.
I'm running a little late this morning. Today, is my lovely wife Angie's birthday.
I sent out about 75,000 Perfect Fly Journals last week. One of the articles I wrote is
entitled "How Trout See Flies". I have received many compliments via email about it. It
is the first article and explains why Perfect Flies are superior to the Mom and Pop fly
shops generic age old fly patterns mostly all imported by Umpqua.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, will be partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 79. Wind
will be from the north around 5 mph. Tonight's, low will be around 59.
Friday, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Wind will be from the west around 5
mph in the afternoon. Friday night's low will be around 60.
Saturday, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Wind will be from the northwest
around 5 mph in the afternoon. Saturday night's low will be around 60.
Sunday, there's a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. It will
be mostly sunny, with a high near 78.
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 151 cfs at 1.86 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 419 cfs at 1.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 63 cfs at 2.39 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is about a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are about a 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 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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