Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2 . Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
3. Little Brown Stoneflies
4. Quill Gordons
5. Blue Quills
6. Little Black Caddis
Current Stream Conditions in the Smokies:
I will be surprised if we do not see Quill Gordons and Blue Quill hatching sometimes
this week. If the long range forecast is half accurate, the water should reach and
hold along the 50 degree mark or higher in the lower elevations of most streams in
the park. If the water levels remain in good shape, this coming weekend and maybe
even before this weekend, could be a great time to fish the first of the new hatches.
The low last night in Gatlinburg was a high 57 degrees. It is raining off and on and
more is on the way. Warm rains and warm nights get the water temperatures
up faster than anything. If it's near freezing at night and the highs go up to the
sixties or seventies, it still only allows a short time during the 24 hour interval for the
water to warm. When it's warm at night and when warmer water is falling from the
sky in the streams, it can bring the temps up fast - very fast. Of course, that doesn't
make the insects instantly react but considering they have developed to a point
near the time they should hatch, I think you will start seeing some QG and BQ
hatches occur before the week is over. Little Black Caddis, which I have yet to get
to, will also be showing up. I may be jumping the gun a week or two, but If I were
you, I wouldn't want to wait around and see. If I had the opportunity to fish this
coming weekend, I would and in fact, I will be doing just that. All of this is based on
stream levels being okay. We need rain and there may be some times the water
levels are high based on the amount of rain we get. I want complain. It's needed
very much to build the water table up for this coming Summer.
Blue Quill Duns
Although I haven't written anything about the Blue Quill dun as such, I have
mentioned it several times when writing about the nymphs and emergers. I have
also written about the type of water the Blue Quills hatch in and the difference in
how you need to present the fly imitating the Blue Quills.
One thing that can be confusing about what I have written, it that I made it look far
more difficult to imitate the Blue Quills than the Quill Gordons and it is, but there are
many times it is also far more productive if the right areas of the streams are fished
the right way. It isn't the size of the insects that determines what the trout
will focus on most. The quantity of those available for the trout to eat is a lot more
important than the size of the individual insects. I didn't say it takes a large number
to interest the trout, I just said quantity is more important than size. At times you will
find hundreds of Blue Quills concentrated in small areas in calm pockets along the
banks, shallow pockets behind rocks, tail ends of pools, in backwaters and eddies
and other slack water areas of the streams. They out number the Quill Gordons by
a huge amount. Not only that, they continue to hatch for a much longer period of
time in any one given area of a stream.
I have already gone into the presentation methods you should use for the duns
because they are the same as the methods you should use for the emergers,
except you are dealing with a fly that floats much higher in the water. The emergers
drift flush with or just under the surface skim and the duns on top of the water.
Fishing imitations of the duns is much easier than the emergers simply because you
can see the fly much better.
Down and Dirty (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 30
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.
Silver Creek Idaho
I've been writing about fly fishing destinations now for a couple of months or at least
it seems to have been that long. Of course, even so, I have just started on the trout
streams of the Northern Rocky Mountains and haven't touched on the Cascades,
Northern California and the Sierras. I hope you are not getting bored. I will be in a
rush to finish these streams because I want to focus on the streams of the Smokies.
Since that's the case, I'll wake up those that do read this part of my daily
articles by listing the very first "A" plus trout stream I have listed and one
of a very few I will be listing.
Silver Creek Idaho is a wonderful trout stream with more big trout, rainbows and
browns, that you can get to grow wild in a natural environment without feeding them.
The creek is full of huge trout. Much of the stream is protected by the Nature
Conservancy. You may think this could be a problem but it's right the opposite. You
are only required to sign a book to let the people know you are visiting. There's no
charge or hassle at all. In fact, it will give you a chance to overlook much of the
stream because the office is situated on a high hill overlooking part of this fine trout
Yes, this is a spring creek. I'm well aware many of you may not like fishing spring
creeks and that's understandable. They are more difficult to fish. I just don't see
how you could possible rate a stream lower because its trout are difficult to catch. If
you feel that should be a factor, I suggest you follow the hatchery trucks and fish
your favorite stocked waters.
Silver Creek is a very fine trout stream. This stream has been made out to be much
more difficult to catch trout from than it actually is. Much of this crap has come from
writers who have never even fished its waters. It does present a challenge as any
good trout stream should but it's certainly very possible to catch trout from its waters
- trout anyone would be proud of.
This stream has about every aquatic insect that exist in the West. The trout will feed
selectively at times, so you may not do well shutting your eyes and selecting flies.
You can't make mistakes and expect to catch the trout but if you make good
presentations, you should rightly expect to have some very good results. There's
nothing bogus about this trout stream. Check out Silver Creek.
2011 James Marsh