01/17/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3.    Midges



New Yellowstone National Park Fly Selections:
We have added two new Perfect Fly selections or sets of flies for 2011 for
Yellowstone National Park that some of you may be interested in.
This is a link to what we call our
"Best" Yellowstone fly selection.
This is a link to what we cal a "Good" Yellowstone fly selection

By the way, in case you missed it, we also have a Best and a Spring and Summer
selection of flies for Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
Here's a link to the
"Best" Smoky Mountain selection
Here's a link to the "Spring and Summer" Smoky Mountain selection

Current Conditions In The Smokies
Yesterday was a beautiful day in the Smokies. I drove around some but did not fish.
This has been my longest spell of not fishing I can remember. I would have thought
that today being the National Holiday it is, that I would have spotted some guys
fishing yesterday, but I didn't see the first one or the first vehicle parked along the
roads that looked like it belonged to an angler. There may have been some people
fishing and I just missed them.

The water levels are fluctuating up and down some due to melting snow. By the time
it gets warm enough to melt the snow in the lower and mid elevations, the sun sets
and the temperatures return down to about freezing or below again. That's why the
levels are up and down. As of yesterday morning there was still lots of snow in the
mountains. Mount LeConte still had 26 inches and Newfound Gap 14 inches. The
Park doesn't post the updated figures from the day before until after I post my daily
article, so it will be interesting to see just how much snow melted yesterday on the
new report.

I was talking to a friend yesterday at Arab Alabama, the town I was born in and
spent most of my early school days in. He told me snow was still on the ground and
had been there since early Monday morning of last week. They got ten inches.
That's a lot of snow for North Alabama. It reminded me of the time I spent the night
in the Blountsville jail and was happy to be able to do so. Years ago, four of us
drove to Birmingham one day and when we tried to return to Arab, it started
snowing. By the time we got near Blountsville, the snow was about ten inches or
deeper and we were finally stranded on the highway. In about an hour a vehicle with
chains came along and we caught a ride to Blountsville. The one and only little
motel there was full, so we ended up spending the night in jail - with the doors
unlocked. That was the best choice we had. We didn't have a clue it was going to
snow when we left home early that morning. We were not dressed for it and would
soon been out of gas trying to keep the car warm.

Back to the Smokies, it looks as if the harsh cold weather has ended for at least a
week or so. It should start raining by tonight and continue into early Wednesday.
The daily highs will bounce around from about freezing to the low forties. That will
feel like it has turned hot to many of us.

Remember, if you choose to fish, the water will be cold and you will need to fish
small flies such as midge larva imitations and tiny mayfly nymphs in slow moving
water. Keep in mind, slow water can exist in the deeper holes in the bottom of the
stream underneath faster moving water. Put some added weight on the leader and
mend the line to get it down on the bottom. High sticking is one good method to use
right now but be extremely careful wading and keep your wading belt tight.

You may also want to carefully search new areas of water to see if you can spot any
trout to sight cast too. The water will be very clear and often you can spot fish.  If
you do, you'll need to do everything just right to keep from spooking the fish and to
get your fly right in front of their mouths. This type of fishing can be a lot of fun and
can be done successfully if you work at it.

You will also find trout in the deepest parts of the pools and the bottom of the large
pockets. The trout will not be holding in the current. If they did, they would use more
energy than they could restore. Don't use a strike indicator. Watch your leader and
end of the fly line for weird movements like stopping, jumping, twitching, etc.


Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 4

Just keep in mind that it is strictly one opinion that happens to be mine. The intent is to hopefully
give those interested a general idea of what to expect. Most likely every guide, affiliated business
entity and local angler will have a different opinion. These streams also have full coverage on our
Perfect Fly Stream Section.

Rapid River Maine:
I'll bet you can guess where this river's name came from. If you don't think it
deserves its name, you will once you wade it. It's not only tough to wade, it's not
exactly easy to get to the some of its waters. Your going to have to hike for at least
a mile of two each way to get to its best waters. The few places it has easy access
are small and will most likely be crowded. Rapid River a very short river between
lakes that drops at a steep decline.

This is a great stream for large brook trout. They probably average from two to
three pounds and go up to as large as five pounds. The Rapid River is also one of
the best landlocked Atlantic Salmon fisheries in the East. They average from 12 to
18 inches and are plentiful during the prime part of the season.

The Rapid River flows from Lower Richardson Lake to Lake Umbagog. It's broken
into three parts called Upper, Middle and Lower Dams. Each section requires a hike
to reach with the Lower Dam area being a little more difficult to reach. It's the best
section to fish because it gets less pressure.

The Rapid River is located in Western Maine in the remote country. I would describe
it as more of a true "fishing camp" type of area than a tourist destination. If your
serious about your fly fishing, this is a good destination to choose for trophy brook
trout and landlocked salmon fishing. I'll give it an "A minus" and the minus is there
only because it is small and limited species wise.




Copyright 2011 James Marsh