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 Smoky Mountains
When I wrote yesterday's report, the National Weather Service was predicting it
would rain during the day in the Pigeon Forge/Gatlingburg area. Amazingly, and
even though it rained off and on for most of the day in Knoxville, it didn't rain a drop
at our home located very near the Spur until 6:00 PM yesterday afternoon.
Conditions for fishing at my location were absolutely perfect. It was solid overcast
and warm. I don't know what the conditions were throughout the park. Even thought
the Spur is in the park, the park's a big area and much of it at a higher elevation. It
could have rained much earlier than it did here but if it did, we were in a dry spot
with rain all around us until late yesterday afternoon. The forecast for my location
for yesterday day, during the day, showed 100 percent chance of rain yet it didn't
rain. I think the front stalled or did something weird.
However....as of now, at 7:00 AM this morning, NOAA's precipitation map tells the
story. You will need to enter a town, say Gatlinburg or Cherokee, to zoom in on the
map but at this time, it is showing only 1-1.5 inches where I live but 3 to 4 over most
all of the park. One area of the park shows 4-5 inches.
Little River is rising. I just hope the streams don't overflow their banks. Well, I guess
I should also say I hope no ones property gets flooded. The fish will do just fine. The
Quill Gordons and Blue Quills are hatching, so I hope the water gets back within
wading levels soon.
2011 James Marsh