Great Smoky Mountains - High Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Great Smoky Mountains - High Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
It's pretty tough in the higher elevations with snowfall and generally colder temperatures keeping water temps down. Afternoons and slower pools will be your best bet.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
3 / 4 / 2015
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Fish somewhere else this week

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:

Water flow: 1400 cfs - approximate

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 36 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Winter Stone #20 - 18 Dun Caddis #18 BWO #18 Midges #18

Fish species: Rainbow & brook trout

Fishing season: Open year round. Peaks in Spring & Fall

Nearest airport: Asheville Regional, Knoxville McGee Tyson

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Great Smoky Mountains, High Elevation Description

This page details the higher elevation (3000' and above) bodies of water on the North Carolina side of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Certainly this covers a lot of water but while you may find slight variations in temperature and flow from stream to stream, this should serve as a fairly accurate baseline. Notable high elevation streams on the North Carolina side of the park include the Deep Creek headwaters, ...

Techniques & Tips

Approach & presentation is the name of the game here. These fish don't often get overly selective on fly patterns, but they spook easily and won't tolerate a bad drift! Fish upstream, dress in earth-tone clothing, and keep a low profile. Stay back and make longer casts in slow pools. Get closer and keep as much line off the water when fishing pocket water.

7-Day Forecast

High elevation streams should start to turn on in 3-4 weeks.

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