04/01/11
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
9.    Hendricksons and the Red Quills


Current Conditions In The Smokies
There's some more rain in the forecast and even some snow in the higher
elevations but all things considered, the conditions look pretty good for this
weekend. Saturday will be windy with gusts up to thirty mph. That may make it a little
tough from a casting standpoint and from being able to determine what is hatching.

You should keep an eye on the wind. When all those big trees get to moving back
and forth, they can create a lot of wind. That's my bad joke for the day, but you
don't want to get hit over the head with a tree limb and conditions may become
marginal. Just be sure to use a little common sense.

The stream levels look okay and I don't think there's enough rain headed this way to
drastically change the levels. The slightly high water makes it a little easier to fool
the trout but it also can make wading a little tougher.


Basics of Fly Fishing Series - The Curve Cast
Another way to get some slack in your line is to make a curve cast. It has several
applications. You may want your fly to reach a fish that's behind a boulder or other
obstruction. It will also let you cast sidearm underneath overhanging bushes and
trees. It has many applications where you may need to get a drag free drift but the
conflicting currents makes it tough. For example, casting across fast water to slow
water. Making the curve cast will put your fly line upstream of fly enough to allow
some time for the drift in the slower water.

If you are right handed, a sidearm curve cast is fairly easy to make to your left.
Making the leader curve when your making an overhead cast isn't as easy. Making
a curve cast to your right (if your a right handed person) is difficult or at least it is for
me.

To make the leader curve to the left the easiest way, make a right handed, sidearm
cast but stop the forward stroke very abruptly. This will automatically send the
leader to your left. If you did this overhead wise, it would send the fly line down
sharply. The more you overpower the sidearm cast, and the more abruptly you stop
the forward stroke, the more the leader will curve to the left.

If you're right handed and you need to make an overhead curve cast to your left,
you make the cast as normal but overpower the forward stroke and twist your arm
and wrist to the left near the end of the stroke. This is more difficult to do than the
sidearm cast, but with a little practice you can send the fly line straight ahead and
the leader to your left.

To make a curve cast to your right (if your right handed), pick the line up off the
water as normal but with the backstroke across your left shoulder instead of your
right shoulder. Overpower the forward stroke and stop it abruptly. The leader
should curve to the right. I have trouble with this and probably because I don't use it
very often.

You can combine a simple reach cast with the curve cast. I won't try to describe how
to go about it. Just make the sidearm curve cast as I described above and "reach"
to your right when you sharply stop the forward stroke. You can do the same thing
by adding a reach to the overhead curve cast.

This Sierra
site has some good stuff on making the curve cast using a simple
animation.


2011 James Marsh