Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report - 04/15/18
Today, is going to be a wet one. It is raining throughout the Smokies as I am writing
this. It is mostly showers, but there are are few spots of heavy rain taking place
according to the radar. It looks like there will be a break in the rain in a little while, and
then showers and possibly some heavy rain for the rest of the day. The water is
currently on the way up and you will see the three main USGS gauges increase all day
and night.

It could be a good day for "catching", for those who aren't afraid of a little water. The
water will be getting stained, if not already, and streamers may end up being your best
option. I see a very bad word in the forecast for tomorrow below. It starts with an S.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today,
expect showers and possibly a thunderstorm before 5pm, then a chance of
showers and thunderstorms after 5pm. Temperature rising to near 63 by 10am, then
falling to around 58 during the remainder of the day. South wind will range from 10 to
15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. the
chance of precipitation is 100%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one
inch are possible. Tonight, showers are likely, mainly between 11pm and 2am. The low
will be around 36. The chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts
between a tenth and quarter of an inch are possible.

Monday, there's a chance of rain and snow showers before 11am, then a chance of
rain showers. It will be cloudy, with a high near 44. West wind will be from 10 to 15 mph,
with gusts as high as 25 mph. The chance of precipitation is 40%.
Monday Night's low will be around 33.



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 267 cfs at 2.15 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 512 cfs at 1.89 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 121 cfs at 2.67 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River is running near normal but can be waded provided caution is
used.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are all running near normal and can be waded safely provided caution is used.

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: 16 and 18
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

Hendricksons/Red Quills: 12/14
nymphs
emergers
duns - males and females
spinners - males and females

Trout Flies Needed from April 15 through April 30.

Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18 (mostly Abrams Creek)
larva
pupa
adults

Green Sedges (caddisflies): 14/16
larva (green rock worms)
pupa
adults

American March Browns: 10/12
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Eastern Green Drakes: 6/8 (Mostly Abrams Creek and Cataloochee Creek)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners (male and female)



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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