04/08/11
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 was late getting back from the Gulf coast late night and this will be a short report. I
did check the stream and weather conditions. The water level is still high in all the
streams but are fishable. I wouldn't advise wading except maybe in some very small
streams provided they are suitable.

The fish should respond very well. The Blue Quill, Quill Gordons, Little Brown
stoneflies, and Little Black caddis should still be hatching from about 2000 to 2500
feet elevation and up. Hendricksons and Red Quills (male and female of the same
mayfly) should continue to hatch in the lower elevations.

Within a week or two you should start seeing the first March Browns hatching. This
will occur at first in the lower elevations but move upstream as the days go by. Little
Short-horned sedges should begin to hatch this weekend. I will write about fishing
the two new hatches in detail starting tomorrow. The warm days and nights in the
forecast should turn all the hatches in full blast mode. There will also be some
Cinnamon Sedges hatching in some streams, mostly Abrams Creek where the pH is
much higher but they will appear in small numbers just about everywhere. I would
not focus on them anywhere but Abrams.

Sunday should be a better day that tomorrow, provided the thunderstorms we are
expecting don't produce a lot of rain. It's doubtful they do in general, but they can
affect the already high water in individual streams depending on the location of the
isolated storms.

I hope everyone has the opportunity to get to fish but if you do, be very careful with
the high water.


2011 James Marsh