Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report - 05/16/18
The streams received a little rain yesterday, and last night, but only a little. The North
Carolina, side of the part received more than the Tennessee, side. Stream levels are
still low in all sections of the park.

We feel certain the streams will receive a good bit of rain during the next couple of
days. It could be that they get too high to wade, but we will just have to wait and see.
Meantime, today should be a very good one.

Weather: (At Gatlinburg at about 1600 ft)  
Today, there's a chance of showers, then showers and thunderstorms likely after 9am.
It will be cloudy with a high near 73. Wind will be calm. The chance of precipitation is
70%. New rainfall amounts between a quarter and a half of an inch are possible.
Tonight's low will be around 61. The chance of precipitation is 70%. New rainfall
amounts should be between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts are
possible in thunderstorms.

Thursday, showers and thunderstorms are likely, then showers and possibly a
thunderstorm after 9am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The hgh will
be near 74. Wind will be from the north around 5 mph. The chance of precipitation is
90%. New rainfall amounts of between a quarter and half of an inch are possible.
Thursday night, expect more showers and possibly a thunderstorm, mainly before 3am.
Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The low will be around 62. The
chance of precipitation is 90%.


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 144 cfs at 1.75 ft.
(good wading conditions up to 250 cfs, and with extra caution up to 400 cfs
)

Oconaluftee River: Rate 425 cfs at 1.74 ft.
(good wading up to 500 cfs and with extra caution up to 700 cfs)

Cataloochee Creek: Rate 87.2 cfs at 2.52 ft  
(good wading conditions up to 125 with extra caution up to 150 cfs)

Little Pigeon River is running below normal level but in good shape otherwise.

Hazel Creek and the other larger NC streams flowing into Fontana Lake:
The streams are all running below normal level but in good shape otherwise..

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

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

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

Light Cahills: 12/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Eastern Pale Evening Duns: 14/16 (called sulphurs by locals)
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

Little Yellow Stoneflies: 14/16
nymphs
adults

Giant Black Stoneflies: 4/6
nymphs
adults

Flies that will be needed Soon:

Sulphurs: 14/16
nymphs
emergers
duns
spinners

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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James Marsh
Copyright 2018 James Marsh
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