Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/19/17
Yes, if you are thinking about fishing the streams of the Smokies this coming weekend,
you better be headed this way. Conditions are good. The water levels are a little low,
and you will have to use some caution not to spook the very things you're trying to
catch but otherwise, you should be successful.
You will have a difficult time deciding on where to fish because you can do so, about
anywhere you want to, and have a good opportunity to catch trout. I would avoid the
higher elevations, at least until this afternoon. The water will be a little chilly, but still
warm enough by early afternoon.
Brook trout are spawning or they maybe be finished in some places. Brown trout are
mostly in the pre-spawn stage. It is possible some may have begin to spawn in the
upper, middle elevations.
Yesterday, I made a mistake, and removed Little Yellow Quills and Needle stoneflies
from the fly list below. They can hatch into the first of the month of November, all
depending on water temperature. If you fish the high elevation brook trout stream, you
should have imitations of them.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, Sunny, with a high near 73. South wind will be around 5 mph becoming north in
the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 44.
Friday, will be sunny, with a high near 76. Wind will be north around 5 mph.
Friday night's low will be around 48.
Saturday, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind will be around 5 mph
becoming calm in the morning. Saturday night's low will be around 51.
Sunday, will be mostly sunny, with a high near 76.
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 1.70 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 223 cfs at 1.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 50.0 cfs at 2.31 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is below a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are below normal levels.
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 Sculpin:
Hook Size 6
Black and/or Olive Matuka Sculpin:
Size 4, 6, 8
Blue-winged olives: 18 and 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Mahogany Duns: 18
Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10
New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 10/30/17, 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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