Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report November 8th

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing incredible this week. Mild temperatures and scattered showers have the creeks and rivers in perfect shape! Big Browns are on the move in several area streams making November an incredible month to come fish the Great Smoky Mountains region.

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing very well this week. We had a fast moving rain earlier in the week that put some water back in the creeks and did wonders for helping flush some of the leaves out of the streams. Stream levels are looking great today and the leaves aren’t nearly as bad as last weekend. Showers all day forecasted for Friday but most are sporadic and will taper off by early evening. Big Browns are starting to get really aggressive on the Little River between Gatlinburg and Townsend. Hazel Creek and several other north shore streams are seeing the large Browns push in from Fontana Lake. The Oconaluftee river in Cherokee is starting to see increased activity from larger fish as well. Good hatches of Blue Winged Olives are bringing many fish to the surface. We’re also still seeing plenty of October Caddis on many streams inside the park. Terrestrials are still catching their fair share of fish inside the park on many creeks. The scenery is breathtaking  inside the park still. Peak leaf season was late last week and into the weekend. Colors are still great in the mid elevations. Low elevations are just now reaching their best. Bryson City and Gatlinburg are absolutely beautiful with the hardwoods such Oaks and Maples all turning.

Cherokee Trophy Section Report

The Cherokee Trophy Section is fishing fantastic this week. Recent stockings for the Rumble in the Rhododendron tournament and this weeks Team USA Youth National Championships have the river loaded with monster trout. The action has been just as you would expect; big fish everywhere and feeding aggressively. Fishing streamers has been very productive for our guides this week. Blue Winged Olives are hatching heavily in the afternoons. Look for risers in the slower sections of water. Ants and Beetles continue to produce good fish along with the occasional hopper. It seems strange to talk about fishing hoppers this tim elf year, however there is long stretches of banks that parallel use fields along the Trophy Section. The Elk are in full swing with the rut. Bugling Elk and the occasional battle for dominance just add to the experience of fishing the Trophy Section.

Tuckasegee River Fishing Report

The Tuckasegee River is hotter than a fire cracker on the 4th of July. Blue Winged Olive hatches have consistently starting coming off around mid morning and continuing strong until dark. Lots of rising Brown trout in the slick water sections. Big streamers are the ticket for catching some bruiser trout in the deeper runs and gnarly holes. Browns from Fontana Lake are starting to move in the lower sections of the Tuck making for some interesting days on the water. October Caddis are still hatching in decent numbers on warmer days when the sun shines. We are seeing plenty of American Grannom Caddis hatching too. These are very dark and in smaller sizes this time of year. Hoppers, Ants, and Beetles continue to produce good trout on the Tuck right now too.

The weekend looks to be a cooler one with morning temps getting down right chilly. A cold front is pushing through today and Saturday will be the coldest day we have had this fall. Sunny and clear with highs reaching the low to mid 50’s by Sunday. No need to start at the crack of dawn, mid morning until late afternoon will be your best times to get on the water. So head to the diners and grab some breakfast and have that extra cup of coffee before heading out.

Good luck to all the young anglers fishing the Fly Fishing Team USA Youth National Championships this weekend. We’ve had the pleasure of meeting several of these fine young men in the shop this week. Seems to be lots of great anglers and fly tyers among you.

 

 

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St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods

 

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St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods

New for 2019, St Croix Mojo Trout Fly Rods. Winner of the Best New Fly Rod at the 2018 iCast show. The new Mojo Trout offers an incredibly smooth casting action with a great looking finish and affordable price. Fly Fishing the Smokies just recieved the new St Croix Mojo Trout series fly rods this week. We have the entire line of rods from the 6’ 2wt all the way to the 9’ 7wt. Swing by our new fly shop in Bryson City, North Carolina and check them out!

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The St. Croix Mojo Trout fly rods are extremely smooth casting, versatile fly rods that are ideal for beginners and intermediate anglers alike. This series consists of 11 rods ranging from 6′ to 9′ in length and 2-7 line weights to cover any trout fishing situations. These rods offer performance well beyond what you’d expect from their price tag.

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Features:

Premium, high-modulus SCIII graphite.
Slim-profile ferrules.
Kigan Master Hand 3D stripper guides with aluminum-oxide rings and black frames.
Sea Guide snake guides with black PVD coating for extra hardness and increased smoothness.
Uplocking, machined-aluminum reel seat.
Premium-grade cork handle.
Kigan hook-keeper
Two coats of Flex-Coat slow cure finish

Using slim-profile blanks comprised of high-modulus SCIII graphite, Mojo Trout rods are lightweight and with a highly versatile moderate-fast action. Finished in a metallic moss green color scheme, St. Croix chose to equip these sticks with black-framed Kigan Master Hand 3D stripping guides with aluminum oxide inserts, Sea Guide snake guides that are black PVD coated, up-locking machined aluminum reel seats, and premium cork grips.

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The new St Croix Mojo Trout rods are sure to be a hit for the 2019 season. We were lucky enough to be one of a few select retailers to get first the shipments of these fine rods. St Croix has long been makers of incredible fishing rods for decades. Swing by our fly shop in Bryson City and check them out. While you’re here, you might as well cast a line in the Tuckasegee and Nantahala rivers or hike back into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in search of wild trout.

See you on the water!

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Fall Fly Fishing Report Nov 1st

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Fall Fly Fishing

Fall fly fishing action continues to get even better! Temperatures across the region remained unseasonably warm across the Smokies until last week when we saw them finally take a dive. Air and water temperatures are right where they should be for this time of year and the fishing is absolutely on fire!

Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

Fall is when the Smoky Mountain region sees the second peak of the year in terms of fishing. Water temperatures get down to the low 50’s, and high 40’s in the back country which triggers Brown and Brook trout to start spawning. It also puts all trout into an increased feeding frenzy in preparation for winter and the action is nothing short of phenomenal. Cool crisp days inside the Smoky Mountains are special, not only do you have most streams to yourself, you have some of the best dry fly fishing of the year. Great hatches of October Caddis, Blue Winged Olive and Stoneflies are abundant. You also have loads of hoppers, ants, and beetles hitting the water up until we get several heavy frosts. Action inside the park is at peak from mid morning until late afternoons.

Tuckasegee River Fly Fishing

The biggest hitter this time of year is of course going to be the Tuckasegee River. Currently the Tuck has 26,000 trout per mile in the lower delayed harvest section near our fly shop in Bryson City. This stretch of river is very wide and full of great holding water for large trout The lower section of the Tuckasegee River is a rich with 72 species of fish. We target Rainbow, Brown, and Brook trout along with Smallmouth Bass. This time of year we start seeing very large brown trout run up the river from Fontana Lake. Some of these big Browns are pushing the 30 inch mark. Incredible jaw dropping Browns that will smash streamers one day and take small nymphs the next. We are scheduled for another stocking on the Delayed Harvest section November 14th which will bring the trout count to a whopping 39,000 trout per mile! Combine that with the already good population of wild and holdover fish along with the big Browns from Fontana Lake and you’ve got yourself a fantastic river for late Fall and Winter fishing.

Cherokee Trophy Trout

The Cherokee Trophy water is incredible starting November and will continue to fish amazing all winter long. This is the time of year we see the biggest fish landed in Cherokee! The incredible fishing action is coupled with sightings of Elk which are in their rutting season this time of year. Many days the elk cross the river while we are fly fishing. Its an incredible experience to be casting to monster trout and look up to see you have an audience of a cow elk and her calf, or half the herd silently crossing the stream behind you. The trophy section has excellent access and is 2.2 miles long.  Bordered by Great Smoky Mountains National Park on one side, and the Blue Ridge Parkway on the other, the Trophy Section offers great scenery and even better fishing.

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27th

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report August 27

Cooler August weather and good streams flows have the Great Smoky Mountains fishing Hot! Plenty of rainfall all summer long has made for some perfect conditions for late August fishing. Normally we see low water and hot days in August, however that is not the case this year. We have had an abundance of rain all year long, which none of us have complained about because the drought of 2016 is still firmly planted in the back of our minds. As Luke Bryan sings, Rain is a good thang, this especially holds true in the Great Smoky Mountains where rain is everything!

What are the biting on?

We are still seeing good hatches of little Yellow Sallies, Sluphers and tons of Caddis all day long. Cloudy days we see an abundance of Blue Winged Olives about too which no doubt bring eager trout to the surface. Stoneflies are still producing a good numbers of fish and a well placed yellow Stimulator will fool even the pickiest trout. Inch worms and caterpillars are a fine choice for good subsurface offerings, especially gypsy moth caterpillars. Something about those grey and black morsels make them hard to resist for a big Brown trout. Take some orangish-red nail polish and add a few dots to the backs of the fly with a tooth pick and you have yourself a deadly pattern. Just practice catch and release because this fly is a stone cold killer!

Hoppers

Far and above the best patterns for late Summer are hoppers and beetles. Most folks only associate fishing hoppers with the Rocky Mountain west. If you’re not throwing a tan hopper in the Smokies you could be missing out on some of the most fun dry fly fishing of the year. Streams such as Abrams Creek in Cades Cove are treasure trove of hopper action. The Little River is also a great choice on the Tennessee side of the Smokies. On the North Carolina side of the Smokies hoppers are great along the fields of the Oconaluftee river especially around Tow String. Hazel Creek is also a great stream for hopper action.

Beetles

Bettles are a common sight on all Smokies streams but are the most often overlooked insect available to a trout. Fact is there are more than 400,000 known species of beetles around the world. Beetles account for more than 40% of all insect life and over 25% of all animal life on earth. So why aren’t you fishing with one?! Trout crush them, and pretty much all year long. Beetles are especially active this time of year and will continue to be the most available food source for trout until heavy frosts and freezes descend on the park. It doesn’t matter size or really the color, brown or black work equally well. Just fish them on the edges of riffles and pools and watch fo the explosive takes. Beetles are hard to see in the shadows of a Smokies trout stream so using a small tuft of yarn a foot or so away from your fly will help greatly in spotting the pattern. You can also find many beetle patterns with hot spots or add your own, however don’t get to crazy with them, wild trout will notice the added tomfoolery.

The weather this week looks very promising for many good morning and early afternoon jaunts to the water. Most of the week has a slight chance of scattered rain and pop up storms. Don’t let that keep you indoors. Summer is still not over yet, so enjoy the last days while you can. Fall is around the corner

See you on the water!

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

The Great Smoky Mountains and surrounding region are seeing better fishing than we have seen in two decades. Good overall stream tempratures and plenty of refreshing late evening rains have made for perfect summer fishing conditions.

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Smoky Mountain Fly Fishing

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is always a top choice for catching wild trout during the Summer. Excellent dry fly fishing and plenty of aggressively feeding trout will keep fisherman happy from sun up to sun down. We are seeing good hatches of Yellow Sallies, Brown Stones, and tons of Caddis on most park streams. Terrestrials such as Bettles, Ants, Hoppers and Inchworms are also great bets for plenty of action all day long. Getting to mid and high elevation streams is best this time of year. The colder the water, the better the bite. Hiking into Backcountry streams is one of our favorite things to do. There’s just something about fishing where most people dare to venture, and casting flies to trout that have never seen a fly before.

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

Smokies Brown Trout

The Great Smoky Mountains are a temperate rainforest, receiving more than 80 inches of rainfall each year. Every Summer we see numerous pop up storms and down pours that are over quicker than they started. While these rains provide needed water to the mountains, they also offer cooler air and water temperatures if only for a brief few moments. Often times these rains are heavy and will stain the water for a few hours until the streams clear back up. Big Brown trout lurk in several park streams in lower elevations and feed mostly nocturnal during the hottest months. However, when the heavy rains raise stream levels and waters stain, these big fish will come out to feed heavily on unsuspecting prey. Fishing during these times often produce some fine specimens that will rival any Brown trout caught in the park during the cooler months. For catching these fish in stained or high water, you should fish close to the banks in slack water pockets and work your flies slowly.

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing

Our new private water at Brook Haven is fishing well this summer. Typically southern private waters all close mid June through August, however that’s not the case with Brook Haven! We are blessed with high elevation cold mountain water that is heavily oxygenated provides perfect habitat for trout. Brook Haven is open all summer long with morning half trips being offered. Anglers are catching Brook trout, Tiger trout, Rainbows, and some Browns.

Weather

This week tempratures will hover around the high 70’s in the back country and low 80’s in the valleys. Chances of rain shaping up for the later part of the week which will no doubt keep water tempratures cooler and the fish biting well. A 50-60% chance of rain for the weekend isn’t enough to be of concern.

 

We’ll see you on the water!

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report July 31st

Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report

And just like that July is over. Summer vacation is whizzing by and the older we get the faster time seems to fly. As a child I always dreaded the arrival of August as that meant it wasn’t long until school started back and my days of roaming the Smoky Mountains would come to an end. Except of course until the weekends where I could squeeze out a few more days of wet wading the streams casting nothing but dry flies to rising trout. I still spend my summers in the Smoky Mountains enjoying fly fishing for wild trout. The only difference is I now get to share my love of these Mountains and their trout with hundreds of guests that I have the pleasure of guiding each season.

The Great Smoky Mountains are fishing strong as ever this summer thanks in large part to good rainfall amounts. Typically Summer time is fairly wet inside the park as we often see afternoon pop up showers and thunderstorms. These showers are a much welcomed event as it cools the air and adds more water to the streams and creeks. This week temperatures are expected to be cooler with highs in the low 80’s lows overnight hitting the low 60’s. This should keep the fishing excellent all month!

The best hatches we’ve seen this week so far are Brown Stoneflies, Yellow Sallies, Tan Caddis, Olive Caddis, Trico’s and Blue Winged Olives. Of course Inch Worms, Bettles and Ant patterns are working great well. Some areas across the park have good hopper action too!

Have a great week y’all!

 

 

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Great Smoky Mountains Fishing Report June 1st 2018

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The fly fishing action in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is incredible right now. Trout are feeding well all day long and dry fly action is at its peak! Summer is the best time to catch aggressively feeding fish on the surface in the Smoky Mountains.

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Great Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing

There are 2910 miles of wild trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains. With only 900 miles of trails, there is plenty of solitude and areas to explore and a catch a fish! Summer time is a favorite among our staff for the wonderful dry fly fishing opportunities that present themselves in the park. Summer is a great time to learn how to fly fish. You have active fish with a high metabolism that will feed all day long. So there is no wrong time of day to be fishing inside the park!

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers a wide variety of great fly fishing trips and lengths to choose from. We guide folks of all ages and skill levels and have ALL the gear that you need to fish with provided free of charge on your trip!!

We have offices in Gatlinburg and Bryson City to serve you best no matter where you stay in the Smoky Mountains!

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Hazel Creek Day trips are super fun this season. Experience one of the most remote and wildest trout streams in the Great Smoky Mountains with Fly Fishing the Smokies guide Jay Cobb as your host. Dry fly fishing on Hazel Creek keeps getting better each day. Lots of Yellow Sallies and Light Cahills are keeping the trout very happy. Hazel Creek is also one of the top places in the Smokies to fish small hoppers and bettles on top for some explosive action. Hazel Creek is a wonderful and wild place full of history and folklore. Some of the best trout in the Smoky Mountains have been caught on Hazel Creek! Don’t miss this unique opportunity to fish the most legendary Smokies trout stream with the best guides in the Smoky Mountains!

 

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The weather looks good this weekend and coming week. We do have a chance for thunderstorms on Sunday, however these are commonly pop ups that likely may not occur depending on which side of the Smokies you happen to be on. The weather in the Smoky Mountains is very difficult to predict and changes every few minutes. Our motto is plan for a shower, and go play!

We are seeing good hatches of Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills, and Sulphers across the park streams. Also plenty of inch worms, beetles, and Cicadas are also giving the trout something to eat as well. And of course lots of Brown Stone flies and many different species of Caddis are also present. Lots of hatches to keep the trout looking up and feeding happily all day!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and gets outside!

We’ll see you on the water!

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report May 2018

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report May 2018

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains is just now hitting its peak! May always offers some of the best times to fish the national park. Many fantastic hatches of Yellow Sallies, Light Cahills and Sulphers have the trout feeding on top and the action is incredible. This months Hazel Creek Fly Fishing report for May 2018, its all about the dry fly fishing!

Hazel Creek Conditions

This weather has been about perfect for the month. Day time highs in the back country hitting the upper 70’s and nightly lows into the 50’s have made being outside in the Great Smoky Mountains pleasant. So far rainfall has been around normal, however that is changing for the next week or so. The Smokies are forecasted to have a few popup thunderstorms and some decent rainfall until next weekend. Rainfall in the Smokies is a common and welcomed sight. The Great Smoky Mountains is actually a temperate rain-forest with most of the region receiving better than 80 inches of rain per year.  So no matter the day in the Smokies, bring your rain jackets. Water levels look great. Water clarity and stream tempratures are perfect for this time of year.

 

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Creating Memories

Some of my fondest memories on Hazel Creek were from fishing with good friend and fellow guide Chris Lee from Bryson City in May. This particular afternoon the sky clouded up with rain looking eminent. We came upon a nice run near the old Ritter Lumber Co dry kiln site and saw several large trout taking light Cahills off the surface at the head of a long run. Overhanging Rhododendron on river right gave just enough cover, combined with good stream depth to hold several big rainbows. Chris and I watched as fish after fish dimpled the water for twenty or so yards. We approached the run from a good distance downstream and made some very long casts, by Smokies standards of course, and were able to bring several nice fish to the net. I landed my personal best Rainbow from Hazel Creek that afternoon and it was on a dry fly, a fine specimen of 19 inches. Things like that are typically rare inside the park, however if they are going to happen, Hazel Creek is where it will all play out! Hazel Creek holds some very big trout and those fish didn’t get from being easy to catch. May is one of those months when you see tons of good hatches and the water and weather are a perfect combination for great fishing. When I have a day off this time of year, I can usually be found stalking the banks on Hazel Creek casting a dry fly.

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Hazel Creek Flies

Hatches during May and June are plentiful on Hazel Creek. Anglers can hedge bets on the Little Yellow Sallies and score big dividends with a handful of size #12-16 Hot Butt Sallies fishing them to edges of runs. Tons of Caddis hatch all day long on Hazel Creek too. Most are tan or light yellow and range from #12-20. Giant Salmon Flies in #4-6 hatch all day especially on bright sunny afternoons. These are typically associated with the Rocky Mtn West however our region has them also and they are the biggest bugs we have all year. Think porterhouse steak for a trout! Green Drakes hatch on overcast mornings and late evening bringing trout recklessly to the surface. Light Cahills can be counted on for hatching all day long and activity increases in the afternoon especially if we have overcast skies. Rusty Spinners, Grey Fox, Orange Palmer, bi color Stimulators, Henryville Caddis, Adams Variants, March Browns, and Ausable Wulff are several of the dry flies you will need to have. Of course spring and summer in the Smokies means inch worms! anglers will want to have a double handful of inch worms in light green with sizes ranging #8-16, also beetles and ant patterns work amazingly well too.

Fly Fishing the Smokies offers guided Day Trips to Hazel Creek from April 15th until the end of November. We provide the boat shuttle across Fontana Lake, all the gear, flies and equipment, plus a streamside lunch. Its a great opportunity to fish the Smokies most legendary stream with expert guides who know this water and the trout very well.

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing Report

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Brook Haven Fly Fishing Report

Fly Fishing the Smokies newest private water at Brook Haven is off to a glowing start! Brook Haven opened last week and our anglers are catching some of the finest trout to be found in Western North Carolina. Brook Haven is the private fly fishing experience that you deserve!

Guided Private Water Fly Fishing

For years our Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains have went largely unnoticed around the globe as a top destination for incredible year around fly fishing opportunities for trout. That has slowly changed as more people are starting to discover, or re-discover, the sport of fly fishing. With this surge in popularity for the sport, also comes more people looking for mountainous places to find solitude, spectacular scenery and quality trout. We’ve always been here of course, it was just a matter of time before national media attention focused on our quiet hamlets in the mountains. Public water is plentiful and hatchery supported rivers along with superb national parks and forest service lands offer plenty of places to fish. Literally thousands of miles of water to catch a trout in the region, however  you don’t always have these places solely to yourself. We recognized this dilemma and took action. Brook Haven was born out of a desire to offer our guests a fantastic mountain fly fishing experience filled with breath taking waterfalls, large hungry trout, and you got it; solitude!

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Trophy Trout

Brook Haven is loaded with big trophy trout. Picture yourself casting into heavily oxygenated plunge pools where Rainbow trout lurk that weigh from 5-11 lbs! If that’s not enough, our Brook Trout weigh 3-5lbs. We also have Tiger Trout that hit the scales up to 5lbs! Now as the picture starts to come into focus, T-Rex shows himself, big Browns that top over 5lbs and hitting the mid 20 inch mark.

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Taking Care of it all

We recognize the importance of having a healthy ecosystem and maintaining optimal trout habitat. We have assembled the best team possible to make this all happen. We have a fisheries manager who along with our guides monitor water quality and temperatures. With continuous focus on our trout and their diets, we are able to supplement specially formulated feed combined with natural insect hatches and baitfish present in the ecosystem to maintain healthy trout and continued growth all the while protecting the watershed at Brook Haven. This an exciting project for us, and we can hardly wait to watch our trout grow and thrive.

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Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report April 26th

Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing very good this month. Mild tempratures and plenty of rainfall have the water in great shape. Steady hatches of brown Stoneflies, Caddis, Light Cahills, and Yellow Sallies have the trout feeding aggressively and looking up to take dry flies.

Mother Nature has thrown everything in the books at us, especially in the Smokies back country this month. So far we have seen snow, highs in the upper 70’s and followed by heavy downpours of rain. Snow is not surprising, considering historically there has been snow in every month inside the Smoky Mountains National Park. The crazy part is one day we are near 80 in the valley floors and two days later its below freezing and snowing. Now it seems this wild weather roller coaster ride is on its way out, and Spring is finally here!

Hazel Creek will always be popular among the fly fishing crowd. Each weekend its not uncommon to see a few Gortex clad anglers camping at Proctor, Sawdust, or Bone Valley. These guys are all doing the same thing, chasing wild trout with flies. These folks are just as passionate about fly fishing and preserving the resource just like you. So don’t worry they are for the most part practicing catch and release as well. Spend a minute or two talking with them and see for yourself. We are all on the same team. Hazel Creek is a massive watershed and a long one at the by park standards. So even though you might pass by the occasional angler, its never crowded or looses that feeling of loneliness and solitude that brings you here in the first place. Honestly Id rather see someone as to be there and know its just me in case something were to happen. Just food for thought.

Hazel Creek was running very full yesterday after a few days of steady rainfall if not heavy at times. Water clarity was great and everything was running gin clear. Caddis were popping all over and sporadic hatches of light Cahills and Yellow Sallies were keeping the trout honest.

This time of year Fly Fishing the Smokies has a guide or two on Hazel Creek almost every day. Its a place dear to our hearts and one that stirs the soul like no other. Hazel Creek will always be that place every Smokies angler will want to fish at one point or another. The legends are true, and fishing really can be that good!

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