Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report - 04/29/18
The weather is still a little on the cold side of normal. It was chilly last night and will be
down to 35 tonight. That tends to keep the water temperature down. The temperature
you see on the USGS station gauges is near the park entrance at the lowest, or in
some case, even lower elevations than wild trout live. In other words, the water
temperature is a little lower upstream of those gauge levels. This tends to make the
trout a little sluggish up until the water temperature gets up to about 50 degrees or
more. I wouldn't be in any rush to get on the water early today or tomorrow. The water
levels in the major streams are still too high to wade safely. You should be able to find
some smaller streams you can wade with caution.

It looks like after tomorrow, the weather is going to be a little warmer, especially at
night. There isn't any rain in the forecast this coming week and the streams should be
in good shape in all respects. I will leave the report below up another day for those who
may have missed it yesterday.

Notes from Derek on his and David's trip this past week:
Well - trip was a bust. We got Camp setup on Tuesday around 1pm just in time for the
deluge to come through. Creek rose real quick. I see now it was around 275 cfs.
Caught a few around camp, and then went up to Palmer and fished up to the horse
camp.

Tuesday, we hiked Palmer to Pretty hollow. Caught some brookies there. Tried to fish
upstream from pretty hollow on Palmer. True trail pulls away and you can see it’s kind
of a gorge.  It was chocked full of blow downs and too dangerous in the current. That
might be fun plunge pools to dry fly fish in the summer when water is down.

Went back down to Cataloochee and fished the nice pool behind the church. The light
Cahill hatch is in full swing. They were everywhere.  Caught some on emergers and
duns but just tough with the high water. Yesterday, we broke down camp and then
fished in the 45 degree rain. It was really slow. I think we caught 4 fish over 3 hours
between us.  We left around 3 PM, as the creek really started rising.

Also saw a good number of green drakes.  Tried fishing the dun for about 30 minutes
but no luck. The ones I bought from you are larger than the ones on the creek. I almost
clipped off some of the body, but then would lose the tail. Also saw a good bit of
American March Browns.

In the cold/rain, I saw lots of cripples or mayflies that hatching and not being able to
take off, or falling back to the water. I watched dozens of them go through runs and I
never saw a dun get eaten off the surface.  I see the gage says it was always over 50
degrees downstream. It felt a little colder. Perhaps it was upstream where we were.

I did see some surface activity, but I think it was emergers getting intercepted below the
surface. I did also see a tiny yellow sally at Camp. Normally, in the morning the flood
light that stays on all night by the sink at the restroom, is just covered in aquatic
insects. Not this year. Just a few caddis. Nothing like the past. That yellow sally was
really small (or it was a different kind of yellow stonefly). I’d say it was an 18.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, will be sunny, with a high near 65. East wind will be around 5 mph becoming
north in the afternoon. Tonight's low will be around 35.

Monday, will be sunny, with a high of 72. Wind will be calm. Monday night's low will be
around 47.



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 549 cfs at 2.73 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 691 cfs at 2.15 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 178 cfs at 2.79 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River is running higher than it is safe to wade.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
The streams are all running higher than safe to wade.

Trout Flies Currently Needed:
Brown and White Belly Sculpin:
Hook Size 6

Blue-winged olives: 16 and 18
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Brown Stoneflies: 14
nymphs
adults

Little Black Caddis: 18
pupa
adults

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

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)

Light Cahills: 12/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Additional Flies Needed from May 1 through June 1
Cinnamon Caddis: 16/18
larva
pupa
adults

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Sulphurs: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
nymphs
adults

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Golden Stoneflies: 10/12
nymphs
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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