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
Water temps are getting a little chilly up high but fishing is still good. Expect activity to pick up in the afternoon.
Fishing Report Last Updated:
9 / 24 / 2020
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Fishing Conditions

Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains is currently Good

Orvis-Endorsed guides nearby:
Fightmaster Fly Fishing

Water flow: 150 cfs - approximate

Visibility: 60 inches

Water temperature at mid-day: 52 Degrees F

Water condition: Clear

Best time of day to fish: Afternoon

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

Fish species: Rainbow & brook 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, 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

Tropical storm Beta is heading our way and could dump a lot of rain. Keep an eye on stream flows this weekend.


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