Great Smoky Mountains - Low Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
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Great Smoky Mountains - Low Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
Streams are in good shape and temps are perfect. Plenty of fall "leaf lookers" about. Expect crowds.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
10 / 7 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Fightmaster Fly Fishing

Water flow: 392cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 55 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: All day

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Caddis #16-14 Terrestrials Little Yellow Sally #16 Sulfur #16 Light Cahill #14-12 Large Golden Stone #10-6

Fish species: Rainbow & brown trout

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

Nearest airport: Asheville Regional, Knoxville McGee Tyson

Person Fishing in a stream

Great Smoky Mountains, Low Elevation Description

This page details the lower elevation (1500' - 3000') 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 low elevation watersheds on the North Carolina side of the park include the Oconaluftee River, ...

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

Another hurricane is tracking our way. Look for a wet weekend and keep an eye on those stream levels.


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