04/26/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Green Sedges (Caddis)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
5.    Hendricksons and the Red Quills
6.    LIght Cahills
7.    Little Short-horned Sedges
8.    American March Browns
9.    Pale Evening Duns
10.  Giant Black Stoneflies
11.  Little Yellow Stoneflies
12.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)

Mistake In Linking Yesterday's Article
I made a mistake linking yesterday's article. If you accessed it from the home page
of the site, you were greeted with the correct article, but if you accessed it from the
"Articles" page of the site, you were greeted with last Saturday's article. I'm sorry if
this happened to you.
Here is the correct article for yesterday.

Wow!
I promise I want do this often, but in case you missed it, I believe Elvis may have
been outdone by Miss Carry Underwood and Vince Gill. It made tears come to my
eyes. Maybe it's because I enjoy hearing and playing the guitar and maybe it's
because I believe the lyrics.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I.

Looking Forward To A Good Day
I'm looking forward to seeing my friend Dennis McCarthy this morning for breakfast
and spending a little time on the water with him later this morning. He's down from
New Jersey to fish the Smokies for a few days. Last year was the first year he has
missed fishing the Smokies for the past few years. Considering he travels, fishing
extensively throughout the nation and has several excellent fly fishing destinations
in Pennsylvania and New York that are near his home, I think that speaks well for
the Smokies. Dennis never stops fishing because when the cold Winter shuts down
most fishing opportunities, even as far south as the Smokies, he's usually at his
second home on the Salmon River. He's just as content standing in the ice cold
Salmon River fishing for steelhead as he is fishing for rainbows on a warm spring
day.

Interestingly, although he was born in sight of a light house on the Jersey coast,
retired from a 20 year career with the U. S. Coast Guard, and is currently a
consultant relating to offshore oil drilling, he could care less about catching the
saltwater species. In fact, talking to him last night, I discovered he has selected one
of the smallest streams in the Smokies to start the day out.

We are having great success with our Perfect Fly business. Sales are far greater
than I ever anticipated they could possibly be and our Perfect Fly website is
receiving an incredible amount of traffic. The numbers of daily viewers is mind
boggling. It's turned into a bad, good thing. It's rewarding to see the success of my
creation of what amounts to a new approach to fly design and fly selection, and bad
in that it has taken all of my time. It has turned into a 7 days a week, 12 to 15 hour
a day job for both Angie and I. Once an order is placed, it can be filled rather fast
with the system setup we have but many of our customers need help with selecting
flies. Whereas most of our customers are highly experienced and seasoned anglers
and are very knowledgeable about entomology, many aren't. Many need help. It's
quite a challenge for most of those who are just starting out, yet who have enough
sense to know fish don't eat hair and feathers, they eat the food available for them
to eat. The challenge of our business is far more a matter of eduction than just
filling orders. We have some exciting, big plans that will hopefully evolve in the near
future as to how we intend to make the learning process a more enjoyable part of
the overall fly fishing experience.

Dennis McCarthy is as responsible as anyone for our success. He has contributed
hundreds of images, tons of information, even paid for ads for us on one of the
nation's busiest fly fishing blogs and has refused to accept anything for his
contributions. Just one example is that he traveled all over the western half of
Oregon getting stream shots for us and is headed back this June to finish seeing
and fishing the state. I'm sure he enjoys doing that, and he would do so irrespective
of our business, but it's also clearly obvious he often goes out of his way to just to
help us.

You may also find it interesting that although he does all of this for our Perfect Fly
website, I can't get him to use our flies. It isn't that he doesn't think they are good
flies. He just prefers to tie everything he uses. If you could see his fly tying station
at his home, you would understand. He couldn't possible fish five percent of the
flies he has tied if he fished every day for the rest of his life and he's still a relatively
young man. Dennis is helping me create of a new line of steelhead and salmon
flies. I have page after page of extensive records he has maintained over the years
relating to exactly what flies work and doesn't work, according to stream and  
weather conditions, season, time of day, etc., etc. His logs and records are as
extensive and detailed as any I have ever seen and I've seen plenty.

2011 James Marsh