Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 03/08/18
Today, Thursday, is the day I advise out of town people planning on making a trip to
the Smokies to fish, as to the conditions they should expect. It is going to be raining on
Saturday, likely to the point it will get to high to wade. The water is cold compared to
what it has been, only around 40 degrees this morning. That is a problem for the
hatches They have likely just about come to a halt. Both the weather and the water
should start to warm back up, but it will still be less than ideal
on Saturday.

You would be much better off choosing another date during this coming month.

























Does The Particular Fly You Use Make A Difference?
Notice the two tails and flat clinger nymph head on the Quill Gordon nymph.  Recently,
someone ask in an email, if using a specific imitation of something hatching
or that is most plentiful and available in the form of a nymph, or larva, is any better than
using a generic, or popular fly such as a Parachute Adams or Hare's Ear nymph? The
answer is, yes, it is always better to be fishing an imitation of something either
hatching, or nymphs and larvae that are very available for the trout to eat, than any
generic fly designed to match a little of everything.

If conditions are good, you are usually able to catch a few opportunistically feeding
trout on the generic flies, especially if you present the fly in fast moving water where
the trout have little chance to closely examine the fly; however, as a general rule, the
trout will always accept a fly imitating something in the water they are seeing at the time
more often than they will something they are not seeing.

The bottom line is, if your satisfied being a mediocre angler at best, then use
the generic flies.
Just make sure you remember all the generic excuses you will need
to learn to rely on when you fail to catch trout or the number of them you would like to
catch.

You may do well some days. You won't catch many, if any, in the pools or anywhere
the speed of the water isn't helping you out by giving the trout only a short glimpse of
the fly. As a general rule, you won't catch as many on those days anglers call tough
fishing days. When conditions are not very good, you won't do near as well as you
would fishing a good imitation of something that's very available for the trout to eat.

Remember this, if nothing else. The "matching the hatch" phrase was great and helped
many anglers realize that they were relying on pure luck for catching fish; however,
"matching the hatch" is just a small part of the challenge. You should to be able to
match "what is about to hatch"; which almost always represents the bulk of the food
available for the trout to eat in the form of nymphs and larvae. The trout can see
them far better than the duns and adult flies drifting on the surface of the
water during a hatch. In other words, it is more important to closely match the
nymphs than insects floating on the surface.

Yes, the particular fly you use can make a big difference.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
T
here is a chance of snow showers before 11am, then a slight chance of rain showers
between 11am and 1pm.
It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. West wind  will be
10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 30%.
Tonight
's low will be around 22.

Friday, expect increasing clouds, with a high near 47. West wind will range from 5 to 10
mph.
Friday night's low will be around 35.

Saturday
, rain is likely, mainly after 1pm. It will be cloudy, with a high near 55.
Southwest wind around
will be around 5 mph becoming calm in the afternoon. The
c
hance of precipitation is 60%. Saturday night, expect rain, with a low around 43. The
chance of precipitation is 90 percent.

Sunday, the high will be 52, with a 90 percent chance of rain.





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 336 cfs at 2.32 ft,
(good wading up to 250 cfs and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 780 cfs at 2.27 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 170 cfs at 2.86 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is near a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are just a little high.

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
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Blue Quills: 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Quill Gordons: 12/14
nymphs
emerging duns (wet fly)
duns
spinners

Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
adults

New: Trout Flies You Will Need During The Next Month (Through
03/15/17, in addition to the above list): None

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.

Strategy:
Not all of the insects you see above will be hatching in the same location. It is usually
only one or two. 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 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:
None

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James Marsh
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
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