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
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies
8. Little Green Stoneflies
9. Golden Stoneflies
10. Slate Drakes
11. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12. Inch Worms
Current Weather and Stream Conditions
We finally got a decent amount of rain. The National Weather Service Precipitation
Map shows that the Smokies received from an inch to an inch and a half of rain
throughout the park with a few small areas receiving more than that. The Little
River drainage finally got a good dose of water and the river is flowing at 307 cfs.
All the streams are a little high now, and probably a little off color in places, but they
are falling back down at a good rate. The conditions we have now are just what I
have recently written about when I suggested you fish an imitation of beetles, inch
worms and ants right after a heavy rain and/or wind.
The forecast for the nest few days calls for a slight chance of thunderstorms each
day, or the typical Summer weather pattern but the high temperatures will remain
You shouldn't have any excuses for not catching plenty of trout. The weather and
water remains in very good condition.
Ants - Another Important Terrestrial Insect - Part 2
Our Perfect Fly Company sells four different ant patterns. The first thing you will
notice about our ants is that all of them have three (3) body sections like real ants
do. Moat all commercial ant fly patterns have two (2) sections with the legs tied in
the center. Now we know trout can't count but we know they can see.
To put it plainly, an ant with two body parts doesn't like a real ant which has three
body parts. Maybe you don't think that's important. If so, we have a money saving
suggestion for you. If you don't believe the fly needs to look like a real ant, just cut
out a small hunk of foam and stick a hook in it. Don't waste your money on
The black ant in the first picture below is made to sink, not float, so don't go
greasing it up. If you pick up a real ant and toss it in the water, you will notice it
floats for a second or two and then sinks. If you don't like fishing flies you can't see,
fish it as a dropper below a hopper like our foam sandwich hoppers or other good
floating fly. This usually works well.
Just in case you haven't read my previous articles, the best time to fish an ant is
during the Summer and early Fall when they are plentiful but especially after a rain.
The heavier the rain the better the ant will work as long as the water isn't too
stained. Even then, the black ant will still catch trout.
This is our "Perfect Fly Back Ant" which sinks fast.
This is the "Perfect Fly" Black Carpenter Ant, a more realistic imitation of the most
plentiful ants found around trout streams.
This is the "Perfect Fly" Brown Carpenter Ant.
We also have imitations of flying ants, but I will get to that tomorrow. Perfect Fly Ant
2011 James Marsh