Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report - 03/22/18
Good morning. It is nice to wake up and see the snow gone. There's still little spots of it
shinning but it will be completely gone very soon. That's at home in Pigeon Forge.
Unfortunately, that's not the case in the middle and higher elevations of the Smokies. It
will be melting today. That is good and not so good. It is good to get rid of the snow,
but not so good because it contributes to keeping the water temperature down.

Today, and tomorrow, will be clear and provide some opportunity to catch trout. Fish
the lowest elevations that hold trout. I wouldn't expect much surface action, if any.
Tomorrow, will be a better day, but the water will still be chilly, and hatches sporadic
with lots of cripples.

This is the day I try to give accurate information as to what you may expect if you're
coming to visit the Smokies this weekend to fish. The last time we had a similar
forecast, a couple of weeks ago, if I remember correctly, I didn't recommend anglers
should come for purposes of fishing. The forecast was for lots of rain and snow. It
turned out much better than the weather forecast predicted. I felt bad about advising
some guys against coming when they could have had a reasonably good trip.
I hope this weekend doesn't turn out that way, but at this time, it doesn't look good.
Saturday's weather is predicted to be very windy with rain, with the water still remaining
in the forties. Sunday, looks even worse, with more rain.

I never considered not making a trip anywhere to fish under the same type of weather
predictions and stream conditions, but most anglers don't take such things as just
another good challenge to prove they can catch fish under any conditions. Unless you
happen to be a fishing nut, or as the name of one of my long time buddies boat,
"Fishing Fool", I would put the trip off to another time.  

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny, with a high near 46. Northwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph.
Tonight's, low will be around 28.

Friday, will be partly sunny, with a high near 49. Wind will be from the northwest around
5 mph in the afternoon. Friday night, showers are likely. It will be cloudy, with a low
around 38. The chance of precipitation is 60%.

Saturday, expect showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 5pm. The high will be
near 55. Southwest wind will be from 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. The
chance of precipitation is 80%. Saturday, night showers and possibly a thunderstorm.
The low will be around 45. The chance of precipitation is 80%.

Sunday, showers are likely. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. The chance of
precipitation is 70%. Sunday night's low will be around
Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.


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 328 cfs at 2.30 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 565 cfs at 1.97 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 102 cfs at 2.59 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is running a little above a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all running about a normal level.

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

Cream Midges: 20/22
larva
pupa
adults

Winter Stoneflies: 16/18
nymphs
adults

New: Trout Flies You Will Need During The Next Month (Through
2/28/17, in addition to the above list):
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



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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