Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report - 08/20/18
The chances of the weather forecast being accurate with regards to rain, is about the
same as the odds of a dollar ticket winning the lottery jackpot. They have been
predicting from 50% to a 70% chance of rain for the last several days, and it hasn't
rained enough for one to need to roll the windows up on their car. Now, that I have
written that, and the rainfall predictions for the next two days range from 60% to 70%,
the odds are likely that we will have a flood. The streams are still well below normal
levels, and some rain is needed to keep the levels up.

Rarely does a day go by, that I fail to get asked by email or on the phone, "are the
trout taking nymphs, or dry flies". I immediately realize that the person asking the
question is still in "fly fishing for trout kindergarten" without  a chance of graduating. It
is about the dumbest question anyone could ask. I want to answer, that they are still
eating both types of foods the two types of flies are intended to imitate, adding that we
haven't noticed a lot of dead fish in the water lately. Of course, I don't answer that way.
I just realize I'm in trouble trying to help them out in a short conversation.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly after 3pm. It will be mostly cloudy,
with a high near 82. Wind will be from the west around 5 mph in the afternoon. The
chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and a quarter of
an inch, except higher amounts are possible in thunderstorms. Tonight, more rain
chances and a low of 67.

Tuesday, rain is likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 2pm, then showers and
thunderstorms likely between 2pm and 5pm, then rain likely and possibly a
thunderstorm after 5pm. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind will
be around 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall amounts between
a quarter and half 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 176 cfs at 1.87 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 387 cfs at 1.67 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 81.2 cfs at 2.49 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River is running a little below a normal level.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
The streams are all a little below a normal level.


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

Blue-winged olives - Eastern (Drunella): 14
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Sister Caddis 18 (mostly Abrams Creek)
pupa
adults

Cream Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Slate Drakes: 10/12
nymphs
spinners

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
nymphs
adults

Little Green Stoneflies: 16
nymphs
adults

Moth Larva (Inch Worms): 10, 12, 14, 16

Sandwich Hoppers: 4/6/8/10/12

Carpenter Ants - Black and Brown, 16/18

Japanese Beetles: 14/16


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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