05/17/11
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.    Eastern Pale Evening Duns
9.    Sulphurs
10.  Little Yellow Stoneflies
11.  Giant Black Stoneflies
12.  Golden Stoneflies
13.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
14.  Inch Worms


Current Conditions In The Smokies
I have added a couple more insects to the list above and the "Flies You Need Now"
link. I also discovered another error when I did. Although I wrote an article about the
Eastern Green Drake nymphs, emergers, duns and spinners, I failed to add it to the
list of flies needed. Of course, it's only a factor in Abrams Creek although it exist in
very sparse quantities in other isolated locations. This is mostly where the water
temperature is marginal for trout.

We have several drakes that do that including
Hexagenia species such as the
limbata or Great Olive Wing Drake. It exist in the lower sections outside the park in
several rivers and most all the lakes in the Tennessee River chain as far south as
Lake Guntersville, which has a huge hatch. The locals call them Willowflies and the
bream and crappie love them. There are also some Yellow Drakes, Gray Drakes (in
Slow water areas), and Brown Drakes in and near the Smokies but mostly outside
the park in warmer water than trout prefer. In colder climates north of here, they
exist in water where trout exist. They all require soft bottoms for the burrowing
nymphs.

One day last year, I was sitting on a bench with Angie at one of the race tracks in
Pigeon Forge while my grandson drove the track when Yellow Drakes started
landing on us under the lights at the track along the Little Pigeon River. There had
obviously been a good hatch of them but again, outside the park.

Water levels still remain good even though it has rained some during the past two
days.  There are chances of rain for the next few days. Little River is about 201 cfs
which is about normal for this time of year. It has come up some and may increase
more. It is 5:12 at the time I am writing this. The Oconaluftee River on the North
Carolina side of the park looks good and is up some.

The weather has been unseasonably cool. The high for today will only be 57 in
Gatlinburg. The weather will turn warmer by this weekend. There's a 70% chance of
rain for today. This should all have little effect on the trout and your ability to catch
them. If anything, it's better than it would be if it went up to around 90 degrees each
day.

Hopefully, I will be able to get the new Cicada fly we have added to this later on
today.

2011 James Marsh