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
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Little Green Stoneflies
12. Golden Stoneflies
13. Slate Drakes
14. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
15. Inch Worms
Fishing Conditions - Outlook For Next Week
As sure as i do this, conditions will change and my recommendations and advice will
be in vain, but being the stupid brave man i am, I'm willing to stick my neck out. Get
your gear together, pack your bags and get to the Great Smoky Mountains as soon
as you can. The stream and weather conditions are going to be excellent for fishing
this coming week.
I said "excellent" for fishing. That means you will have to dodge some lightning
strikes but if your quick enough to set the hook on a trophy ten inch brook trout,
you shouldn't have any problem dodging lightning.
According to the National Weather Service, tomorrow should be clear without any
rain. For the rest of the week, it appears there will be around a forty percent
chance of rain every day. In case you wondering, that's good folks. The water the
wild and native trout live in comes from the skies, not a TVA dam, a giant spring
and hopefully, not any geysers.
The heat wave of the past two weeks will be gone. Even on the busy streets of
Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, aided by the heat of exhaust fumes, the daily high
temperatures will still only reach about the mid eighties. Lows each night will be
down in the sixties, perfect for camping or keeping your windows open in your rental
cabin. Just remember that if you grill steaks outside, shut the windows and lock the
doors or you may have some big, black, hairy, unwelcome visitors.
Yesterday and last night, most of the park received some more doses of water from
isolated thunderstorms. If you look at the precipitation map today, June 11, you can
see for yourself. You will need to enter Great Smoky Mountains in the location box.
If you want until next week to read this article, the precip map will be of no value.
As you can see, the North Carolina side of the park did a little better "rain wise",
than the Tennessee side. The Oconaluftee River and Cataloochee River USGS
stream flow data shows it too.
At the time I'm looking at the real-time data, Little River flow data is still low at 74
cfs. That could be because its very early in the morning and some of the water may
not have reached the station.
Don't forget to bring some rain gear and plenty of Perfect Flies.
2011 James Marsh