Hazel Creek Fly Fishing Report August
Hazel Creek in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is fishing superb this summer. Afternoon showers have kept water levels about perfect and stream temperatures in great shape for trout! August is typically a very hot and dry month, however thats not the case this year.
We are seeing good hatches this month on Hazel Creek. The trout are very active and feeding aggressively. Terrestrial patterns are the hot ticket this month with tons of inch worms, beetles and ants present along the trees and bank sides. Small hopper patterns have also been a hot bet as several sections of Hazel Creek have grassy areas along the banks and grasshoppers commonly fall into the water. Fishing terrestrials provide some fantastic dry fly opportunities for wild trout during time periods where fish may not otherwise be willing to come to the surface. I suppose it’s the idea of eating the same old thing day after day and then having the opportunity to eat something different for a change. You would be pretty excited about it too!
We are catching good numbers of Browns and Rainbows on Hazel Creek in the lower sections from Proctor to just below Bone Valley. Wild Browns are starting to become more active during the daylight hours. This is partly because the temps and conditions across the park have more a September feel to them which triggers the trout to start feeding heavier in preparation for spawning season and the oncoming winter. The upper reaches of Hazel Creek have ben excellent for Brook trout fishing this month. Cooler back country temps have the Brookies feeding aggressive with great dry fly action!
We still have a few spots left this month for our Hazel Creek Day Trips. If you happen to be in the neighborhood and want to experience one of the most epic areas in the Smokies, just give us a call!