07/11/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2  .  Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
3.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Cream Cahills
5.    Sulphurs
6.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
7.    Little Green Stoneflies
8.    Slate Drakes
9. .  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
10.  Inch Worms
11.  Grasshoppers
12.  Ants
13.  Beetles

New Killer Bream/Bluegill Fly
Almost accidentally, we discovered a new bream - bluegill fly that works exceptionally
well. Well, at least it's new to us and we can't find them anywhere else. We're calling it
the "Red Legged Ant". Although I never seen a black ant with red legs, there's
something about it that really turns the bream and bluegills on. They attack it at first
sight, so I'm told. I guess you would call it an "attractor bream fly". We were keyed in
to this by an avid bream fly fisherman who called last year and ask if we had a black
ant fly with red legs. At first we thought he was kidding. After I hung the phone up, I
searched the web and couldn't find one. I ask my tiers if they had ever heard of such
a fly and the answer was no. I know that red hooks have been a very popular trend in
bass lures with some anglers claiming the red color makes a big difference. I noticed
the bass shops are full of red hook lures so, just out of curiosity, I ask my girls to tie
some using the same body we used for our transparent ant but with red, rubber legs. I
may also try red hooks in the near future. When the flies arrived, I sent samples to
several of our customers who regularly purchase our panfish flies and ask them to
test them. All the reports came back very positive and all of the guys wanted to order
some of them. Well, as the saying goes, there's lures for fish and lures for fishermen,
so I guess there's flies for bream and flies for bream fishermen.


















Here's the new Red Legged Ant. We haven't chosen to call this a Perfect Fly yet. We
will just stick with the Red Legged Ant name for now. They only come in a hook size
14. We may offer them in other sizes in the future, but for now, that seems to be the
size our customers want.
Check out the Red Legged Ant fly.

By the way, we also sell the popular "Green Weenie" fly for bream. Most everyone
wants this is a size 16. It works very well for bream. We discovered that when anglers
begin to purchase them for panfish from out trout section. We recently added Dave's
Hopper in a small size as a fly for bream. Although we stock it in many sizes, the
bream guys want it in the small hook size 16. I don't think anyone has ever come up
with a better imitation of a grass hopper than Dave Whitlock. If you haven't tried it for
bream, you should. One reason you may not have, is they are normally sold at a
higher price. Notice we sell this fly (including free shipping) for $.85 each.

By the way, we have several new Perfect Flies for trout and a huge number of new
flies for steelhead and salmon that we will be introducing in the very near future.

Brook Trout Streams - Part 16
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.

Deep Creek
Deep Creek is another stream in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that doesn't
normally come up in a discussion about Appalachian brook trout streams. It's best
known for its brown trout population. As with most of the larger streams in the park,
Deep Creek is mostly fished in its lower sections that are easy to access. That
includes a few miles of the lower section all accessible from a trail that's more like a
road than a hiking trail. If you wanted to experience its brook trout fishing, starting out
at the popular Deep Creek Campground area wouldn't be smart unless you enjoyed
long hikes more than you did fishing. The brook trout waters of Deep Creek are much
easier to access from highway #441 via the Deep Creek Trail.

Campsite #53 provides good access to the best of Deep Creek's brook trout waters.
It's located about four miles from the trailhead on highway #441. If you want to fish the
upper tributaries on a day trip, you can hike down the trail about two miles and begin
to catch brook trout. It's the force of gravity on the two mile trip back up the mountain
that's the only problem in doing this.

The Left Fork of Deep Creek is a medium size tributary stream that supplies the
main flow of Deep Creek with much of its water. Both brown and rainbows are
present in the lower portions of the stream. Brook trout are present in its upper
reaches. Campsite #55 is near its confluence with Deep Creek. The Left Fork has
two main tributaries. It's located just over seven miles upstream of the main Deep
Creek Campground. This stream doesn't have a formal trial to follow and the brook
trout are mostly in its uppermost reaches. That means it's just about impossible to fish
and my guess is, few anglers have ever ventured to its uppermost brook trout waters.

Rocky Fork is a small tributary stream with mostly brown and rainbow trout but it has
some brook trout. Rocky Fork is accessible from highway #441 via the Deep Creek
Trail.

Sahlee Creek is one of the uppermost tributaries of Deep Creek. It's also accessible
from  highway #441 and  requires about a two mile hike. Although it has some
rainbows, I'm told most of its trout are brook trout.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh