Great Smoky Mountains - Low Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
Fly Fishing Map of Great Smoky Mountains, NC
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Great Smoky Mountains - Low Elevation, North Carolina Fly Fishing Reports & Conditions
My tips of the week
You're looking for warmer water temperatures this time of year. Hit lower elevations and look for areas that get more sun. Try to fish through the middle of the day. Streamers can produce some fish, but mostly it's nymphing deep and slow.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
2 / 24 / 2021
Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Just OK

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Fightmaster Fly Fishing

Water flow: 1020cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 45 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

BWO #20-18 Dark MIdges #20-18 Winter Stone #20-18

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

Fishing will be very hit and miss until spring... mostly miss. Look for warmer days... especially a string of them. Be patient and temper your expectations. Even the good days in winter may only produce a few strikes.

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