04/29/11
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)

Roanoke Stripers
Stephen Heinzelmann sent this to us at Perfect Fly. I thought I would pass it along
for two reasons. One is shows some fast and furious action with Stripers on the fly
at near Roanoke, Virginia, and two, it provides a very neat music background. At
the present time they are catching huge numbers of these fish. It probably won't
last much longer, so if your interested, I suggest you get there soon.
Striper action at Weldon  (Steven has about thirty other videos you may be
interested in. You can access them from the same page as the link provides.

Smoky Weather and Stream Conditions
It will probably be a little on the windy side today, but other than that, conditions are
very good for fly fishing in the park. This weekend looks excellent.

There's a large variety of insects hatching from the lower elevations to the higher
elevations but you shouldn't expect to find any huge hatches in any one area. You
should keep an eye out for Light Cahills (in the lower elevations) and March Brown
mayflies, Giant Black and Little Yellow Stoneflies (in the lower elevations) and
Green and Short-horned Sedges (caddisflies).

These particular Little Yellow Stoneflies are not the Yellow Sallys (
Isoperla species)  
that will hatch later on in the year in much larger quantities, but the trout will feed on
their nymphs that migrate from the fast water to crawl out of the water late in the
afternoons and evenings. There will probably be some egg laying females present
during the same time interval.

Sorry this is short:
I have to watch the royal wedding. No, I'm not serious. I'm still sane, as far as I know.
2011 James Marsh