03/02/11
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 Conditions In The Smokies
I didn't have much information early yesterday morning when I wrote about the
recent rainfall and condition of the streams in the Smokies. It was very early in the
morning before daylight and information was lacking. I knew streets in Knoxville had
flooded and I knew it had rained hard at times at our home near the spur. It turned
out that the
National Weather Service precipitation map report was very accurate. It
showed from 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain in the Smokies. The
updated precipitation
report that came out late yesterday morning from the park, showed about the same
thing. I guess we were very lucky compared to some people in the Knoxville area
and other areas of the country were not only flooding, but tornadoes occurred. The
stream levels are falling fast and things should be back to normal in a day or two.
The weather forecast looks good and almost normal for the next few days. The
nightly lows will come back up to the middle forties by tomorrow night and that will
help keep the water temps up. Daily highs will be in the middle sixties with 62
projected for today's high at Gatlinburg. I still think we may see some new hatches
by this weekend.

Our Congress at Work
I know better than to write anything about politics but I do feel like writing something
about what
would be a big laugh, if it wasn't real.

For the last several days our representatives fought over the budget. It was agreed
that the budget would be approved for a short interval of two weeks to keep the
government running but
with a 4 billion dollar cut the republicans fought for and
the democrats gave in to only because they had to. It impressed Angie and I so
much that we decided we would reduce our grocery budget for the next two weeks
by .003 cents, or a proportionate amount to the latest cuts in federal spending.

Let me see, if such drastic cuts were continued, that would save, and in essence
reduce the debt by, 8 billion a month.
That sounds, great doesn't it. Well, I know
many of the representative are lawyers and I know most lawyers can't do basic math
but let me offer my help. I can barely spell my last name and I never put the
adjectives in the right place, but I can add, subtract, multiply and divide.

What would happen if we continued with those big cuts in spending. 8 billion per
month is
96 billion per year. Wow! Lets see, is there a hundred billion in a trillion,
or a thousand billion in a trillion. I think it's a thousand, isn't it? I mean there's a
hundred billion and there's two hundred billion, etc., so there must be a 1000 billion
in a trillion. Let's see - 1, 000, 000, 000, 000 (a trillion) divided by 1, 000, 000, 000
(a billion) = 1000.

Okay, lets see -  if they reduce the national debt by 96 billion per year, (1000
divided by 96) it would
only take 9.04 years to reduce one trillion of the
national debt
, right?

BUT
, and "but" is always the big word, I'm told the national debt is already over 14
trillion
. Lets see. That's 9.04 times 14 or only 126.56 years it would take to pay
the national debt paid off, right? Ops,
I forgot that darn interest.

How much is the interest on 14 trillion dollars for 126.56 years? Now. I think I
have got down to the real problem. I'll bet China and Japan won't be willing to
forgive the interest on their part of what amounts to almost half of the national debt.

I'll bet a dozen Perfect Flies that not one in a hundred U. S. Representatives or
Senators can figure the amount of interest on it. I also doubt if many of them even
care what it is. Compare it to a home mortgage for just 30 years whereas you pay
back three to four times the amount of the loan. Imagine another hundred years on
a home mortgage. It's almost infinitesimal. Keep in mind, that's extending the new
spending cuts the republicans are so proud of and the democrats wouldn't make
given a choice.

Gee thanks guys and gals. Your doing a great job. Our grand kids will remember
you.

Can someone help me feel better about this by showing me where I'm wrong? If you
can, I welcome your help.

I guess I'll just have to go fishing in the park to forget about it. Well, that's anywhere
but near Elkmont, where they have added some more to the debt by "restoring the
park to its
natural state by rebuilding several rotten houses"? I guess its a natural
habitat for wood peckers. I hope the elk and otters they put have put back into their
natural habitat will adapt to the newly remodeled empty residential neighborhood.


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.

Continued tomorrow


2011 James Marsh