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. Cream Cahills
7. Little Yellow Stoneflies
8. Little Green Stoneflies
9. Golden Stoneflies
10. Slate Drakes
11. Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
12. Inch Worms
Planning a Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip?
If your planning on fishing Yellowstone National Park this year, i suggest you read
the report we recently posted. Conditions will be quite different from what you would
usually expect. Yellowstone Update
What Am I Going To Do?
We have a young man coming to fish the Smokies this holiday weekend who will be
staying with us. The problem is, he's used to catching this kind of rainbow trout.
Here's another fish he regularly catches.
The only think I can think of to do, is to take him brook trout fishing, but for all I
know, he may prefer I didn't go along at all. He's not exactly a stranger a fly fishing
Chris was born and raised in Upstate New York where he has fished the Salmon
River and other steelhead and salmon streams for most of his life. For
approximately the last three years, he guided on the Salmon River. For the second
time, he now serves you and I. He recently chose to join the Army after having
served eight years in the Marine Corps. Those eight years included three combat
deployments, his last being Iraq. He's now stationed at Ft. Brag in North Carolina.
Angie and I are honored to have him as a guest this 4th of July weekend.
Chris really won't be able to get out of the fishing mode the entire time he's here.
That's because when he's not on one of the streams in the Smokies, he will be
constantly interrogated by me about fly fishing for steelhead. Chris and my friend
Dennis McCarthy, who introduced me to Chris during a trip they made to the
Smokies three years ago, are helping me with our new "Perfect Fly" steelhead and
salmon sections of the website. I hope to have the website finished and the flies
ready for delivery within the next sixty days. There will be four new complete
sections including Eastern (Great Lakes) Steelhead, West Coast Steelhead,
Eastern Salmon including Atlantic Salmon, and West Coast Salmon. This "under
construction link" (see bottom of page) will give you an idea as to the scope of it.
When finished, there will be over a hundred new web pages and about a hundred
and fifty flies, most of which are either longtime traditional attractor type flies or the
latest most popular fly patterns used for salmon and steelhead.
Brook Trout Streams - Part 10
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.
Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River - Some Tributaries
Ramsay Prong is the easiest to fish brook trout water in the entire Middle Prong of
the Little Pigeon River. That's simply because it has a trail that follows along,
although access isn't exactly easy from the trail at many places. The banks of
Ramsay Prong are steep and access is still tough in most places. It's a smaller
stream than the main stem of the river and all in all, much easier to fish.
It has been written in everything I can find that this stream's high pH level keeps the
brook trout population low. I'm not sure if that's just repeated information or what,
but I do know that it hasn't reduced the population enough that it affects the
numbers of trout I can catch from the stream. They seem to average just as large
as those brookies from most any other stream of its size and we seem to catch
them about as fast as we can maneuver around in the stream, which isn't very fast
at times. If I were you, I would completely disregard any comments regarding the pH
of the water. It's irrelevant as far as the fishing is concerned.
I have made it to the mouth of Chapman Prong only one time and it was under very
low water conditions. I doubt I will ever do that again because I cannot think of any
reason to do so. It's about a mile from the confluence of Ramsay Prong to the
mouth of Chapman Prong and you have to get there in the streambed. There's
more than a complete day of brook trout fishing water downstream of it that's
probably better than Chapman Prong, although I have only fished a very short
distance up Chapman Prong. When and if you get there, you will also have the
choice of fishing Buck Fork. Buck Fork is even smaller stream that we have not
Eagle Rocks Prong comes into Chapman Prong approximately a half mile
upstream. We have never been there and I will assure you I probably never will. It
would require far more effort than I could possible muster up in a day trip.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh