04/05/11
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
I'm writing this very early in the morning (2:00AM) when the water levels in all the
streams are on the way up. I have an appointment for some test at UT early this
morning and wanted to finish this. It's still raining hard outside my home in Pigeon
Forge at this time.

Looking at the
precipitation report from the National Weather Service, it shows more
than 3 inches in the Mt. LeConte area of the park. Much of the higher elevations are
showing 2.5 to 3 inches. Most of the other areas of the park are showing 2 to 2.5
inches. You can type in the great smoky mountains in the location box below the
map and see what the latest rainfall amounts are. That's a lot of water and the
ground was already fairly well saturated at this time. The amount drops to 1.5 to 2
inches in the lower elevations. The bad part is the water from the higher elevations
has to come down, of course. I would think that the Middle Fork of the Little Pigeon
River will really be rolling. The other streams will also suffer. Little River is already
near 6.0 and flowing at 3160 at this early in the morning.

The forecast says it will rain some more until as late as noon today, so that doesn't
look good at all. After being in the eighties yesterday, tonight will be down to 33
degrees in Gatlinburg. It will be back warm very quickly but I guess we will have to
wait until the rain stops to determine the final stream conditions.


Report from this past Saturday on Bradley Fork:
My friends Jerry Maslar and his son Steven from Trout University fished the Bradley
Fork and one of its tributaries this past Saturday. Considering the cold spell and
high winds, I think they did very well. Steven did most all the fishing while Jerry
mostly took pictures.

Steven used nymphs all morning with little luck. That surprised me. I thought he
would do well with nymphs, but things changed fast in the early afternoon when the
water warmed a little. The water temperature was 44 degrees when they started and
went up to a high of only 49 degrees. That's a little colder than I would have
guessed but it really shouldn't have surprised me. There was snow covering the
higher mountains although it wasn't as low as the Bradley Fork.

The morning did produce two small browns for Steve but that was it. At about 1:00
PM to 1:30 PM he went to dry flies and began to catch trout. He caught several
browns and rainbows. Late in the day he managed a 10 inch rainbow, better than
the average of the ones he was catching, and a 14 inch brown. That's a good size
brown trout for a dry fly and was Steve's last cast of the day. They had to make the
long drive back to Charlotte North Carolina.

One of Steven's brown trout.


















2011 James Marsh