07/04/11
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.    Cream 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

Happy July 4th
I hope everyone is enjoying their July 4th weekend as much as Angie and I. We are
host to a young man, Christopher Tobias, who spent 8 years in the Marines with 3
tours of wartime duty overseas including Iraq. He guided for 3 years on the Salmon
River in New York for steelhead and salmon until he joined the Army about about a
year ago. He is now stationed at Ft. Braig N. C.

Chis is also an experienced trout fisherman with plenty of trout water near his home in
New York. He has made two other trips to the Smokies prior to this. He fell in love with
the fishing here in the Smokies just as I did.

We have fished hard for the last two days and will be at it again today starting about
10:00 AM until dark again. I will write reports about our fishing in the next few days so
that it will hopefully give some insight into what we found. Meantime, it's about all I can
do to jot down a few words, drink some more coffee and head for the high mountains
with 2 quarts of Gator Aid.

By the way, I say we are fishing but I haven't made a cast. I am shooting video of Chris
fishing, taking underwater photos and instructing Chis on techniques. He is a fast
learner because he knows all the basics, is an excellent angler and only needs a few
tips regarding the particulars of our streams in the Smokies.

He has caught high numbers of rainbow, brown and brook trout both days we have
fished and that includes moving around on different streams. By high numbers, I
mean numbers measured by the dozens. Something I am seeing unusual is the size of
the brook trout he is catching are larger than usual. He has managed to catch several
over 8 inches with only a very few less than 5 inches. The rainbows are also on the
large size.

I'll be showing some images of Chris and the fish very soon, for now, I have to warm
my sore muscles from all the climbing I have done for two days. Meantime, below is an
underwater image of one of the brook trout he caught that's about 8 inches.

Brook Trout Streams - Part 13
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.

Coming Again Soon

Copyright 2011 James Marsh