It has been a busier than normal summer season for all of us guides here at Hookers Fly Shop and Guide Service. The Great Smoky Mountains are providing our anglers some of the best fishing opportunities around. We have been guiding plenty of half, 3/4 and full day trips on the Oconaluftee River, Straight Fork, Deep Creek, Little River, Hazel Creek and many more.
The fishing in the park is definitely at its peak right now mainly due to higher than normal water levels for the summer months, which means that the trout are not nearly as selective as normal. Areas that are higher than normal will also come up higher and quicker than normal with an afternoon shower so wade with caution and don’t forget to bring along rain gear.
This month and into August look for Little Yellow Stones, Little Green Stones, Tricos, Creme Midge just to name a few. Hot patterns include: Female Adams #12-18, Tenn. or Royal Wulff #12-16, Humpies #10-16, Light Cahills #12-16, Stimulators (Yellow, Royal, Olive) #10-16, PMD #14-18, Hoppers #10-14, Ants (Black or Cinnamon) #12-18, Inchworms/Green Weenie #10-14, Pheasant Tail Nymph #12-18, Just Add Water Nymph #16-18, Frenchie (Orange or UV Pearl) #12-18, Wired Yellow Stones #12-16 and more. During the summer months focus on throwing dries or dry dropper rigs in the morning and late afternoon and evening hours and switch to nymphs during the mid day. Some days you will see good top water action all day long. Terrestrials will work throughout most of the day as well.
Everyone here would like to say thank you and we appreciate every one of you that has helped make our 2013 season one of the best seasons yet. Tight Lines!