Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 04/20/17
As I usually do on Thursdays, I will give the forecast below through the weekend.
Hopefully, this will give those anglers planning a trip to the Smokies an idea of what to
expect. In this case, I know it is going to rain between now and Sunday, and probably
off an on each days. The only problem is, neither I or the weather guys know the extent
of it. In general, they are predicting low amounts except where thunderstorms are
involved. I think the odds are pretty good that you will be able to fish everyday from
now through Sunday. You may have to shift locations in the park due to higher flows,
but I don't envision all the streams being to high to fish.

I say go for it. It could be the best opportunity for catching trout there will be in a long
time. If the water levels stay within reasonable levels, conditions otherwise, should
continue to be excellent.


Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there is a slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and
thunderstorms after 11am. It will be partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind
will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts
of less than a tenth of an inch are expected, except higher amounts possible in
thunderstorms. Tonight's low will be around 60.

Friday, expect showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. It will be mostly cloudy,
with a high near 78. West wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. The chance of precipitation
is 60%. Friday night's low will be around 60.

Saturday, there is a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms are likely
after 8am. It will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. The chance of precipitation is
60%. Saturday night's low will be around 57. The chance of precipitation is 70%.

Sunday, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm. It will be mostly cloudy, with a
high near 65. The chance of precipitation is 70%. Sunday night's low will be around 50.




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 205 cfs at 2.00 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 458 cfs at 1.76 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 87 cfs at 2.50 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River: It is running about a normal level.

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

Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(
sales@perfectflystore.com) or call us at 800 594 4726 providing the specific times
you plan on fishing the park, and we will provide a list of flies and other associated
gear and equipment you need.

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

Black and/or Olive Matuka Sculpin:
Size 4, 6, 8

Blue-winged olives: 20, and 18
(Little BWOs,
Acentrella, Diphetor, Eastern
and baetis BWOs,
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

American March Browns: 10/12
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Short Horned Sedges: 20
pupa
adults

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

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

Eastern Green Drakes: 8/10 (mostly Abrams Creek)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Giant Black Stonefly: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Light Cahills: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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

Inch Worms: 10, 12, 14


New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 5/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
nymphs
adults

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14 (some call these Sulphurs)
numphs
emergers
duns
spinners


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 two or three. 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 2017 James Marsh
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