05/10/11
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.    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

Visit Our Booth May 14 and 15 At Troutfest 2011

Weather and Fly Fishing In General
When it comes to politics and elections, the old saying "it's the economy stupid"
often sums the situation up. When it comes to fishing, the old saying "it's the
weather stupid" is just as appropriate. The interest in the sport of fishing is directly
related to the weather.

There's always a few of us die-hards who completely ignore the weather and just
consider it a variable that changes our strategies, but with the great majority of all
anglers, including those addicted to the fly rod, weather is often the determining
factor as to whether fishing even enters their minds. In other words, when the
weather turns nice, it triggers an alarm clock in the minds of most anglers.

For the past month, even during the recent terrible string of tornadoes that
occurred in the South, the Smokies were avoided with the one exception of the
twister that crossed Lake Chilhowee at the southern end of the park. Thank
goodness that one, which was determined to be an F4, took place for the most part
in the middle of no where.

Whereas most areas of the South, Mid-West and Northeast encountered heavy
rainfall amounts, even flooding situations, the Smokies faired very well and the
streams remained in good shape. That wasn't the case most everywhere else in the
nation. It isn't the case now anywhere around the giant Mississippi River basin and
its many tributary streams that drain to the Gulf. That isn't the case in the Northwest
Rocky Mountains where the season is just starting, or in northern California and the
Cascades where it was still snowing just a few days ago and where the snow pack
ranges from 150 percent of normal and upwards. Although this is great for the
future of fly fishing in those areas, so far it has prevented most all opportunities of
fishing. In other words folks, those of us who live nearby the Smokies should be
very thankful. Compared with most of the rest of the entire nation, we have been
blessed. From a fly fishing perspective, things couldn't have been better.

It's clearly obvious to me because I get calls and email at Perfect Fly from all over
the nation. I've finally figured out that by just glancing at the nation's weather maps,
It's fairly easy to determine where the majority of these calls are going to come
from. The last two weeks have been moderate and at times even slow, except for
calls mostly relating to the Smokies. This past weekend and yesterday, I couldn't
get off the telephone or even begin to answer the many emails from just the
Northeast and upper Mid-west. We will get the orders out today that came in
yesterday afternoon and last night (and what comes today before 2 PM) but only
because I am getting started by writing this at 4:30 in the morning. .

Where the weather has turned good but the streams levels are still higher than the
banks, I had to tell guys that they were waisting their time. This happened at least a
half dozen times the past three days. They could feel the nice warm weather but
didn't have a clue about the high water in the streams they wanted to fish.
Although, with those few exceptions,  this increased activity is great for business, I
think I've created something that's turning into a monster. I need three more me's.

I need to be preparing for this weekend's Troutfest Show and I haven't even  
started. At the same time, and what is most upsetting about this, is that I need to be
doing what started this in the first place and that's be out on the streams every day
fly fishing. I guess what I am scrambling around trying to write about is the fact that
my mind, what little is left of it, is in a similar condition to the frontal systems that
triggered the storms in the South of a week or so ago. If you don't hear from me
again, you will know what happened. You can assume the jet stream of my central
nervous system ran head on into the warm air flowing off my left cerebral cortex.

2011 James Marsh