06/08/11
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.  Little Green Stoneflies
12.  Golden Stoneflies
13.  Slate Drakes
14.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
15.  Inch Worms
16.  Grasshoppers
17.  Ants
18.  Beetles

Current Weather and Stream Conditions in the Smokies
The North Carolina side of the park got a very small amount rain in some areas but
some areas didn't get a drop. The most it got appears to be only a half-inch and
that much only in one area that appears to be in the Hazel Creek Valley area. The
Tennessee side continues to suffer. There may have been a drop or two that fell
along the higher elevations at one point on the southeast end of the park on the
Tennessee side.
You can see what the National Weather Service precipitation may
shows here. Under "location", just type in Great Smoky Mountains.

I noticed there were thunderstorms over the mountains a couple of time yesterday
afternoon, but apparently they were only on the North Carolina side. As far as badly
needed rain is concerned, the forecast isn't any better than what I reported
yesterday.

Little Green Stoneflies
Little Green Stoneflies, members of the Chloroperlidae family of stoneflies, are
showing up in some locations in the park. Actually, they begin to hatch about a
week or ten days ago as best I could determine. It's difficult to tell from looking at
the adults. Some species of the Little Greens look almost identical to the Little
Yellow Stoneflies in the adult stage of life. The nymphs are much easier to
distinguish. I'm sure some of you are already beginning to wonder that if that's the
case, what difference it makes. The short answer is that it doesn't make much
difference. The main difference is in the areas of the stream and the types of water
the two families of stoneflies are found. There is a distinction in that regard.

The Little Yellow species are almost always found in the fast water of the runs and
riffles. The faster the water, the higher the odds of them existing. The Little Green
Stoneflies seem to prefer more moderate flows. They must have clear, cold moving
water, but they tend to live in the pockets and slower areas of the streams such as
the pools. You will almost always spot them depositing their eggs in the tailout ends
of the pools or around the edges of the pools. The Little Yellows usually deposit
their eggs directly in the runs and riffles near the ends of them. The makes a
difference in "where" you imitate the nymphs and adults of each family.

Some of the Little Greens are a chartreuse color and some Little Yellows are
chartreuse. Only a couple species of Little Green Stoneflies in the park are actually
green. By the way, to be clear, when I refer to color, I'm referring to the adults, not
the nymphs. Little Green Stonefly nymphs are brown, not green or yellow.




























Little Green Stonefly

2011 James Marsh