Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27
The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing well this week. Cooler night time lows and some scattered showers across the region have cooled things just a tad and turned the fishing on.
The park streams around Cherokee and Gatlinburg are fishing particularly well. Higher elevations and back country locaions off the beaten path are fishing best of course. Currently we are fishing around 2,800ft in elevation and above. The water temps here are great and the action is much better.
We are seeing good hatches early morning of brown Stoneflies and tan Caddis. By late evening we’re seeing lots of Tricos. As always this time of year terrestrials such as inch worms, crickets and grasshopper patterns are working well. Nothing beats a small hopper dry fly in park streams along the fields of Cade’s Cove and Cataloochee.
The forecast this week is calling for some rain starting Wednesday and continuing through Sunday. Wednesday is supposed to be round 80% chance and tapering off as the week progresses. As always you never know in the Smoky Mountains how the weather will turn out. It could be raining on one side of the mountain and dry on the other. So we tend to pay little attention to the forecast and concentrate more on the fishing. Fish are already wet, so they don’t even know it’s raining!
The photo above is from a recent trip to Hazel Creek. The fishing here has been very good all month long. We’re seeing some fine days on the most storied stream in the Smokies right now. Brown tout seem to be getting more aggressive as summer winds to an end.
Also much needed prayers for our friends down in Texas and Louisiana as hurricane Harvey still hammers down across the region.
Tight Lines y’all!