06/11/11
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
North Carolina did okay in the rain category yesterday afternoon and last night but
not the Tennessee side of the park. You can see for yourself on the
precipitation
map.

Little River fell much faster than I thought it would. It is difficult to believe it is back
down to 77cfs. Today and tonight may change this completely. There's a 40%
chance of rain this afternoon and evening. That's as high as it has been in a long
time.

For now, I would advise ignoring the Little River. Most all the streams in the park
are in a little better shape. The Little Pigeon, including its Middle Prong got rain day
before yesterday. The North Carolina streams seem to be doing a little better than
the Tennessee side at this time but as mentioned above, that could change fast.

Terrestrials versus Aquatics
The terrestrial insects are very plentiful around my home in Pigeon Forge.
Carpenter ants have grown up quite large and grasshopper are everywhere about
half grown on the average. There's plenty of moth larvae hanging from the trees so
inch worm imitations are probably being noticed by the trout. I am finding a large
variety of beetles but most of them are still rather small.

I'm bringing up terrestrials at this time only to try to get ahead with my
writing
. Other than the moth larvae, I'm not recommending that you should start
fishing imitations of them anytime soon, at least on any big time basis. I don't think
they would offer very high odds at this time due to the large number of aquatic
insects in the water that are still in the nymphal stage of life and/or that are
currently hatching.

The hatches vary considerably with the particular elevation and type of water. We
have a large diversity of them that are hatching if you consider the entire park but
they are only concentrated in small areas and then there's usually just one or two
species of them in any one given area. There is no reason for the trout to look for
terrestrials although I'm certain that given the opportunity, they will eat them to
some extent.

Your odds for success are much higher if you focus on the most plentiful and most
available aquatic variety at this time. It sure doesn't seem like it, but there's still
about ten day left in the spring season of this year.

In other words, if you eliminate Abrams Creek (and you shouldn't because it is good
at this time) and the terrestrials and streamers that are listed above, your down to
eleven insects. The Green Sedges are plentiful and about everywhere and there's
Light Cahills in the fast water. The Little Short-horned Sedges and American March
Browns are about gone. There may be some in the higher elevations. The Pale
Evening Duns and Sulphurs are only in the slow to moderate sections. The Yellow
Sallies are becoming sparse but are still in good quantities in some locations. The
Little Greens are just coming into play in the pools mostly and the Slate Drakes are
just starting to hatch. The long list can be deceptive. Again, it's a matter of the
elevation and type of water. You should be able to catch plenty of trout if you use
your head and pay attention to what's happening.

2011 James Marsh