07/20/11
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


Current Stream and Weather Conditions in the Smokies
The conditions of the streams in Great Smoky Mountains Park remain in excellent
condition for mid-July. Frequent thunderstorms and some steady periods of rain
continue to keep the streams in good shape. A recent break in the hot summer
weather also helped keep the water temperature down. That situation is returning
back to more normal July temperatures. The chances for rain bounces back and forth
between 20 to 30 percent from now through the next several days. I wonder just how
they know which day there's a 20 percent chance versus a 30 percent chance. At
least it makes the weather guys appear to be very smart. What that does mean is that
you can probably not count on any major fronts moving through or big changes in the
weather.

We have been on the road traveling lately and haven't had an opportunity to fish in
the Smokies in a few days now, but I plan on doing that soon.


Brook Trout Streams - Part 24
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 Little River (Continued)
The largest brook trout restoration project undertaken yet is the Lynn Camp Prong of
the Middle Prong of Little River. It will be restored upstream of Lynn Camp Cascades.
The cascades are about 85 foot in height and will prevent the upstream migration of
rainbow trout from areas downstream of the cascades. The stream has already been
treated with antimycin and stocked with native brook trout but there was a problem in
getting all the rainbows out of the stream and/or from an act of sabotage. The park
officials think that someone may have actually tried to restock the stream with
rainbows. They also may have inadvertently failed to remove all the rainbows. I
haven't ask anyone about the latest plans but assume it will require more work and
even possibly starting over. I'm certain whatever is needed will be done and I have
complete confidence that the worthwhile, huge undertaking will be successfully
completed.

Indian Flats Creek, a small tributary of Lynn Camp Prong, is an odd ball situation. It
was determined the brook trout that existed there had hybridized with northern brook
trout that had previously been stocked. These fish were removed and replaced with
the pure strain of Southern Appalachian brook trout.

Sam’s Creek, a tributary of Thunderhead Prong in the same watershed, underwent a
successful restoration project that was completed. It was opened to fishing in May of
2008. This stream restoration began several years ago and was successfully
completed by the Smokies fisheries biologists. To get to Sam's Creek, park at the end
of Tremont Road or road that follows along the Middle Prong of Little River. Cross
over the foot bridge at the parking lot and take the path to your right. Cross a small
foot bridge and In about a half mile you will need to wade across Thunderhead Prong.
Just continue on the trail which bears to your left. It actually follows Thunderhead
Prong a short ways but if you look close you will see the mouth of Sam's Creek. A
small trail follows Sam's Creek and actually crosses it several times. As far as I know,
everything with regards to the Sam's Creek project turned out to be successful. We
have only fished the stream once since the restoration but we caught plenty of brook
trout and didn't catch any rainbows. Of course, more importantly, stream samples
have been taken and the project has been determined to be a success.





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