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 Stream and Weather Conditions
We have had some wonderful spells of rain recently, not only in the form of
thunderstorms, but also in the form of steady, slow rains that don't run off so fast.
Hopefully, they will increase the water table for the dry spells we're bound to have
before the Summer and Fall seasons are over.
Fishing conditions are great for this time of the season. I don't know what else
anyone could possible want. Looks like we have a 50% chance of rain today and
tonight and continuing to be about 40% on through the weekend. Some of the
streams are up a little high, but still very fishable. In fact, they probably offer a
better opportunity for catching trout than they would if they were at the normal
levels because the water has some color to it and that, along with the faster water
flows, will let you fish a little on the sloppy side and still have a chance of hooking
some trout. If you cannot catch plenty of trout now, you should take up golf. I'm
kidding, off course, and I should also mention there's a chance the water can get
too high and too dingy, so I'm making these predictions with that exception. I won't
complain if we do get too much rain but I doubt that will be the case, or at least not
for any extended period of time. If the streams get a little high, they will return to
good levels very fast.
Brook Trout Streams - Part 3
It's the time of year when the high elevation streams really become important, so for the next few
days I will be pointing out some high elevation brook trout streams (and some not so high),
many of which you may be familiar with and some you may not be familiar with.
Walkers Camp Prong (Tributary of the West Prong of Little Pigeon River)
This is the easiest to access brook trout stream in the park. Probably all of you that
have visited the Smokies to fish have heard or Walkers Camp Prong. It, along with
Road Prong, forms the West Prong of Little Pigeon River. It has a population of
both rainbows and brook trout. Most all of this stream flows along highway #441.
Where it does venture out of sight of the highway, it's only a short distance away.
This is an easy to fish brook trout stream because it's not that steep. It declines on
a more moderate basis and offers a few miles of good brook trout fishing. Most of
the brookies are small but there are some that may reach 9 inches or even more.
You will probably catch as many rainbows and you do brook trout, especially in the
lower and middle sections of the stream.
Walkers Camp Prong has a small tributary with brook trout - Alum Cave Creek that
offers about a mile of trail access. It can be accessed at the Alum Cave/Mt.
LeConte Tailhead on highway #441.
Cream Cahill Duns
I have previously written about where and when the Cream Cahills hatch, so if you
didn't catch them, please read the last three articles on this mayfly (posted the last
Use short up and up and across presentations. You want to fish the current
seams same as you would the emergers but you want the dun imitations to drift
much farther downstream all the way to the end of the current seams. Watch for
the bubbles and let your fly drift through the same area of water.
Below is the Perfect Fly Cream Cahill Dun. It comes in a hook size 16 which is the
actual size of the three species of this mayfly that hatches in the park. As
mentioned in a previous article, there's only a slight difference in the duns. The last
ones to hatch in the late Summer/early Fall has an almost pure white abdomen.
2011 James Marsh