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. LIght Cahills
6. Little Short-horned Sedges
7. American March Browns
8. Pale Evening Duns
9. Giant Black Stoneflies
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12. Inch Worms
Thank You SEALS
Living in Panama City Beach near the Navy Base for several years, I had the
privilege of discovering a couple of my friends were Navy SEALs that trained
SEALS relative to special underwater activities. I used the word "discovered"
because the ones I know never mention who they are or what they do. I just know
enough to know that any human willing to do what they do for the citizens of this
country deserve the utmost respect of everyone. I've always hoped that just before
turning bin Laden over to God, they first got to a least slide him down a 50 foot
razor blade into a bottle of alcohol. If not, I just hope Mr. Laden got to stare them in
the eyes before passing away because if he did, he discovered what terror really is.
Thank you SEALS.
Stream and Weather Conditions
The forecast for today predicts the same good weather we had over the weekend
will continue. Rain and cooler weather are predicted for the rest of the week.
Apparently, the front currently entering the western part of Tennessee is a slow
moving one that's going to bring a lot of rainfall exactly where it isn't needed. The
forecast shows most of the rain in the Smokies will take place on Tuesday.
This type of weather frontal situation is one that drives the forecasters nuts. It has a
high probability of changing, so I wouldn't place too much emphasis on it at this
time. I'm sure it will rain sooner or later this week. I guess we'll just have to wait and
see the extent of it. The streams are all in very good shape at this time.
Green Sedge (Caddisfly) - Imitating the Larva
I don't know if many caught it or not, but I made a stupid error on yesterday's article
about the Green Sedge larva. I called it a Green Sedge nymph in one place - the
title. I caught the error last night and corrected it. Even though I usually try to read
the articles at least once after I write them to check for errors, I didn't catch it. Yes, i
know many fly shops call all the larvae nymphs but it is incorrect to do so.
Yesterday, I wrote about the free-living rock worm in general and listed the many
species of this caddisfly that exist in the park. I mentioned that you could catch trout
on imitations of the larvae year-round but I didn't provide any information on how
you go about doing that. The larvae cannot swim. They move around on the bottom
when they are feeding much like a caterpillar does on the ground. They try to get
down in between rocks and gravel but they cannot do that very well. Like the net
spinners, they can also suspend themselves from rocks with a silk line.
Although they look very similar to the net-spinning caddisfly larvae, there are big
differences. The net-spinners reside in moderate water. They cannot handle the
fast water. There's a very easy way to tell them apart. The Rock Worms have only
one hard plate behind their head.
Imitations should be fished right on or barely above the bottom. It's best to place
split shot about eight inches above the fly. You can swing them through the riffles
or use a strike indicator. You can also fish imitations of the larvae in the runs using
the "high stickin" method.
The green weenie, or green inch worm that many anglers use fishing the Smokies,
isn't a terrible imitation of the Green Rock Worm. It's one reason I think the fly works
at times. After all, there isn't that many moth larvae that fall into the streams. I doubt
seriously if the trout ever get used to seeing them. From an impressionist
standpoint, the Green Weenie fly imitates both the Green Rock Worm and the
larvae of the net-spinning caddisflies, such as the Cinnamon Sedges, well enough
to get some results. I'm not suggesting you should use the Green Weenie to imitate
the Rock Worms. We have Perfect Fly imitations that look much more like them and
produce far better results. I am only offering an explanation as to one reason the
Green Weenie works. In the fast water these larva exist in, the trout only get a short
glimpse of the fly and under those conditions, it's easy to see how the trout may
take the fly for a Green Rock Worm.
This is our "Perfect Fly" imitation of the Green Sedge larvae or Green Rock Worms.
You will find this fly very effective in the streams of the Smokies.
2011 James Marsh