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
Water is a little high right now but falling. We are expecting wet weather for the next several days, so keep an eye on the gauge. Otherwise, fishing has been good and should continue to be. Nice hatches showing up late in the day.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
5 / 20 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Fightmaster Fly Fishing

Water flow: 983 cfs

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 56 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

Best stretch:

Best access point:

Fly fishing hatches in order of importance:

Little Yellow Sally #16 Sulfur #16 Light Cahill #14-12 March Brown #14-10 Tan Caddis #16-12 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

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

Phase 2 of the park's reopening plan begins on Saturday. Campgrounds and visitor centers will still be closed until at least June 7th, but all trails and most secondary roads will be opening, allowing anglers to spread out a little more!


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