06/18/11
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.    Sulphurs
7.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
8.    Little Green Stoneflies
9.    Golden Stoneflies
10.  Slate Drakes
11.  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12.  Inch Worms
13.  Grasshoppers
14.  Ants
15.  Beetles

Surprise, We Have Another Good Chance Of Rain
Just as sure as I mention it, we will be in the 40% category that doesn't receive any
rain today but according to the National Weather Service, we have a 60% chance
of rain this afternoon and a 40% chance tonight. This will probably come in the form
of a heavy thunderstorm with lightning and wind because they are warning of a
hazardous weather condition. If you fish today, be careful and remember your
graphite fly rod is also a lightning rod.

If it does rain heavily and then stop just as suddenly (that's the way it most likely will
happen) be sure to fish some terrestrial imitations where the little tricklets of water
run into the streams. Now, this is only under the conditions nothing is hatching,
spinners falling or egg laying activity is occurring. Your always better off fishing
what's most available and plentiful.

I'm very glad to see the chance of rain. It's very obvious the water table in the
Smokies is very low. After an inch to an inch and a half of rain fell recently, the
streams have all fell back to very low levels. It appears the North Carolina side of
the park is doing a little better than the Tennessee side but none of the streams
are in good shape. Little River is back down to a low 83cfs, or cubic feet per second
flow. That's only a short time after reaching over 400cfs.

Are we in a drought? Yes, we are. I could care less what the average drought
conditions are for large areas of the country which make up the drought charts, the
Great Smoky Mountain National Park is low on water. I'm not trying to scare anyone
and I don't think there will be a problem; however, I'm being very optimistic about it.

As far as the fishing is concerned, this shouldn't be a factor at the current time
because the low nightly temperatures are keeping the water cool and the daily
highs are still not unreasonable. Of course, that may change. You should be able
to catch plenty of trout as long as these temperature conditions remain. Just
remember to avoid the lower elevations.


We're in Great Shape Compared To Most Of The Country:
It snowed and stayed cold almost all the way through Spring in the Northwest. When
it did recently warm up, in areas such as northern California and the Sierras, the
huge snow pack begin to melt and most all the streams went into full mode runoff.

Yellowstone Park is in the same condition. Inside the park, the water is high and
muddy. Of course, you have some locals out nymphing the banks but that's about
it. There's only a few places you can fish successfully in the entire Yellowstone area
at the present time. The ranch section of the Henry's Fork is now open and there's
a few place on the lower end of the Snake that are fishable but that's about it.

Most of Central Rocky Mountains, such as Colorado, and the Southwest mountain
country is in  the same conditions. High, muddy water from snow runoff is typical all
over the Rockies and the Cascades.

Spring Creeks and streams in the Mid-west area are not doing much better. It isn't
the snow, it's the heavy rain they have encountered.

What I'm saying is that "We shouldn't have any complaints about the Smokies".
They are in absolutely great condition compared to most any area of the nation a
trout stream exist. Sounds like I'm scolding myself, doesn't it?

2011 James Marsh