03/07/11
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 Stream Conditions:
The streams were very high - not flooded but high, but are falling fast. Things
should return to normal early this week provided the rain in the forecast is light to
moderate..
Here are the conditions at Little River.  There's more rain in the forecast
for Tuesday night and Wednesday. Hopefully, it won't affect the levels too much and
at this time, it doesn't appear that it will. We will just have to wait and see.

I drove to Guntersville Alabama yesterday, to visit my mother and noticed some
streams between the Smokies and Guntersville were flooded and some were not.
The Tennessee River was rolling but the lakes control the water very well.
Guntersville Lake was loaded with bass fishers as usual.

Little Brown Stoneflies
There are several species of stoneflies that are brown that live in the Smokies. This
common name is also confused between brown nymphs and brown adults. The
common names are usually meant to be for the adult but some anglers use them for
the nymphs. Right now there are species from two different families of stoneflies
hatching in Smokies. One is from the
Isoperla family, normally thought of as the
Yellow Sally genus of stoneflies, but in some cases they are brown instead of yellow.
The other species are from the Taeniopterygidae family. Some of these are called
Late Winter Stoneflies and sometimes, Early Spring Brown Stoneflies.

The good thing about the stoneflies is that the species makes little to no difference.
Even the different families fail to make a difference in terms of fly fishing in many
cases. The reason is they all live in fast water and they all crawl out of the water to
hatch. The only time you catch trout feeding on the adults is when the females are
laying their eggs. This take place a few days after they hatch.

Right now you need two different sizes of Little Brown Stoneflies. You need both a
12 and a 14 in order to match what's hatching. I'll go into the details of how to fish
the stonefly hatches tomorrow.

























Down and Dirty  (some are clean) Tips and Recommendations for Fly
Fishing Destinations - Part 33
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.

Rock Creek Montana
This is the second "A" plus stream I have listed. I cannot think of anything to
degrade it from that high of a rating. It has about every quality feature a freestone
stream can have. It has all four western species of trout, including brown, rainbow,
brook trout, which are all wild, and cutthroats, which are native. There are plenty of
all of them but of course, located in different sections of the stream. They all grow to
nice sizes. There are plenty of 14 to 16 inch rainbows with some over 18; plenty of
browns over 20 and nice cutts up to 16 inch.

This is a 51 mile long creek that's a tributary of the Clarke Fork River. Most all of its
water is open to the public to fish. Most all of it flows through the Lolo National
Forest. It's a stream you can have a trout hooked up on with Big Horn Sheep
downstream in the background. It has easy access from a dirt road. One thing I like
is that much of the stream is off limits to drift boats for most of the season and more
importantly, canoes and kayaks. It's an ideal stream for wading yet you can fish the
lower end from a drift boat.  

There are several good hatches including those from a huge population of
stoneflies. If you ever get the opportunity, you should fish Rock Creek. Check out
our
Perfect Fly stream section on it.

2011 James Marsh