Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 10/28/17
At 6:00 AM this morning, the radar shows we are about to start getting the predicted
heavy rain any minute now. It appears there is a lot of it on the way. If you plan on
fishing this morning, you better have a good raincoat.

Sunday, is going to be a cold day, with a high of only 43. The water temperature will be
falling all day. That isn't a good thing. I'm guessing there will be some snow in the high
elevations on Sunday morning.

The weather for this coming week looks good for fishing the streams of the park. High
temperatures will be back in the fifties and sixties, and lows in the forties.  

I'm leaving this up another day:
When I list Blue-winged olive mayflies to customers that call us for fly  
recommendations, about half of them ask me if they shouldn't also be fishing nymphs. I
have to try to explain, Blue-winged olive is the common name of a group of mayflies,
and that yes, they should be fishing Blue-winged olive nymphs as well as the emergers,
duns and spinners. Many are so used to the old fly shop generic fly terminology, that
they just assume "Blue-winged olive", means a dry fly. Even then, they often ask if I
mean a Parachute Adams. I have to further explain, that they should be fishing an
imitation of a Blue-winged olive nymph, a small swimming nymph, and changing to a
Blue-winged olive emerger or dun, only when they see them hatching, which is usually
mid-afternoon. Once they look at the
Blue-winged olive page of the Perfect Fly website,
it begins to sink in.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, expect rain, mainly after 7am. The temperature will be falling to around 46 by
5pm. South wind
will be from 10 to 15 mph becoming west at 5 to 10 mph in the
afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
The chance of precipitation is 100%.
New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch
is possible. Tonight,
more rain is likely, mainly before midnight. The low will be around 39. The chance of
precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts could be between a quarter and a half

Sunday, there's a 20 percent chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near
43. Northwest wind around
will be around 10 mph. Sunday night's low will be around

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 136 cfs at 1.81 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs

Oconaluftee River: Rate 351 cfs at 1.60 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 89.2 cfs at 2.53 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is a little low.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little 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 16

Slate Drakes: 10/12

Mahogany Duns: 18

Great Autumn Brown Sedge: 10

Little Yellow Quills: 16

Needle Stoneflies: 16/18

New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 11/15/17, 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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James Marsh
Copyright 2017 James Marsh
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