Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report 09/13/17
We are having some nice, cool weather, with high temperatures in the low seventies.
The wind won't be blowing hard today, and that's another plus for those who want to
fish. The stream levels are all okay, with the North Carolina side of the park averaging
a little higher levels than the Tennessee side, but with both sides in good shape.
There's isn't much more than you could ask for in the way of good conditions.
Seeing pictures of the Keys last night made me sick at my stomach. There's not much
of anything that isn't badly damaged or destroyed. I have spent many days there over
the years, many times as much as a month at a time. The good thing is Irma left the
beauty of the water and islands themselves. The native trees and mangroves will
quickly recover. After they get all the trash hauled away, i guess it will be more like the
way God intended for it to be.
I haven't see many pictures of St. Thomas, or the U. S., or British Virgin Islands that
were damaged. I've been there several times, mostly during big game fishing
tournaments. I've seen few pictures of some of the islands in the Bahamas. I been to
most all of them multiple times
All things considered, I don't see why anyone with homes and/or other physical
property such as boats in the Keys or the Caribbean Islands, should expect anything
less than what happened. They keep talking about "building back quickly". They might
should think about getting destroyed again, in a much shorter time than it takes to
rebuild. Irma won't be the last storm to hit. Hurricanes have been happening since the
beginning, much longer than records have been maintained.
Fish'n Tales: (New Series - See the menu of articles on your right: We plan on
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Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)
Today, there's a slight chance of showers before 8am, then a slight chance of
showers after noon. There will be increasing clouds, with a high near 71. Wind will be
from the south around 5 mph in the morning. The chance of precipitation is 20%.
Tonight, there's a 50 percent chance of showers. It will be cloudy with a low around 57.
Southwest wind will be around 5 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of
an inch possible.
Thursday, there's a 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 2pm. It will be mostly
cloudy, with a high near 73. Southwest wind will range from 5 to 10 mph. Thursday
night's low will be around 59.
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 93.8 cfs at 1.65 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs)
Oconaluftee River: Rate 337 cfs at 1.57 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 500 cfs and caution up to 700 cfs)
Cataloochee Creek: Rate 125 cfs at 2.69 ft
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)
Little Pigeon River: It is a little low.
Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
They are running near normal.
Recommended Trout Flies:
In addition to the two list below, you can always send us an email
(email@example.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 Little BWOs
Little Yellow Stoneflies: 16/14
Little Green Stoneflies: 16
Slate Drakes: 10/12
Little Yellow Quills: 16
Mahogany Duns: 18
Needle Stoneflies: 16/18
Inch Worms: 10, 12, 14
Japanese Beetles: 14/16
Carpenter Ants: 16/18
Sandwich Hoppers: 6/8/10/12
New: Trout Flies You Will Need Soon (through 9/15/17, in addition to
those on the above list.
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.
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 or maybe the Slate Drake 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:
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