Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 11/06/17
I looks like we could get from one to one and a half inches of rain during the coming
two days. The streams are normally a little low this time of the year, but they are
currently all a little above normal at this time. That is probably good.
The water is unusually warm for this time of the season. Cataloochee and Little River
Gauges are showing the water temperature is 56 degrees in the lower elevations. I
would think the rainbows would be very active. I'm not sure what effect this will have on
the brown trout that have already started the spawning activity.
Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, showers are likely, mainly between 10am and 4pm. It will be mostly cloudy, with
a high near 68. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest in the
afternoon. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a
tenth and quarter of an inch are possible. Tonight, there's a chance of showers, then
showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm after 4am. The low will be around 57. The
chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts oif between a quarter and half of
an inch are possible.
Tuesday, expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm. The high will be near 67. South
wind around will be around10 mph becoming west in the afternoon. The chance of
precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts of between a half and three quarters of an
inch are possible.
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 141 cfs at 1.83 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 347 cfs at 1.59 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 85.2 cfs at 2.51 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is a little above a normal level.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all a little above normal levels.
Recommended Trout Flies:
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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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