07/22/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Little Sister Caddis (mostly Abrams Creek)
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7. .  Streamers (Sculpin, Minnows)
8.    Inch Worms
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Ants
11.  Beetles


I'm Really Beginning To Like Those 20% & 30% Chances Of Rain
Lately, the 20 and 30 percent chances of rain have really been great for the Smokies.
They have accounted for much more rain that the 80 and even the 100% chances of
rain lately. Day before yesterday, early in the morning, we got about 3 inches of rain
and although none fell at my home in Pigeon Forge yesterday, it was very obvious
from looking at the Little Pigeon River that the mountains in the Little Pigeon River's
watershed got plenty of water. It was rolling high and off color yesterday afternoon.

The stream flow data for Little River shows a similar situation took place there. The
river has been up and rolling along well. For some reason the Oconaluftee River and
Cataloochee Creek watersheds don't seem to have received near as much water but
maybe their turn will come today or tomorrow. According to the National Weather
Service forecast, the 20 and 30 percent chances of rain will continue through the
weekend, so maybe the mountains will get a few more inches of rain.

Now just so the agency doesn't get too cocky, the NWS computers haven't done near
as well in managing to keep the air temperatures cool. It will continue to be in the low
nineties this weekend, even in Gatlinburg. It will be cooler if you will stay above about
3000 feet in elevation. It will also be much cooler if you fish early in the mornings. If
you fish about sunset, you will find the water temperature of the streams will drop
some, enough to help the fish be a little more receptive to eating, at least in the
higher elevations.


Side Note:
As a side note, I cannot help but express my appreciation and good feelings of
accomplishments for our now, two year-old line of over 400 fly patterns. Our Perfect
Fly business has been running in overdrive for months now, although we did notice a
little drop or slowdown this week for the first time since late February. I don't know if it
was the heat wave, school starting back in some areas, or just what caused it. Our
orders declined about 30% for some reason but we certainly don't have any
complaints. We have more than doubled last year sales and it's certainly not due to a
thriving economy, that's for sure.

What's just amazing to me, and at times almost unbelievable, is the rapidly growing
amount of traffic on our Perfect Fly website. It has been huge for the past several
months and growing every day. We feel the increased activity is also due to the
rapidly growing popularity of our flies. Well actually, we don't just feel that, we know
that for a fact. The amount of repeated business we are getting from customers
clearly shows the flies are proving to be very effective and well received by everyone
that tries them. They are not just some more new fly patterns. We have a completely
new concept in fly design and fly selection and it's being well received from coast to
coast. The flies are all named after the actual insects, crustaceans and other fish food
they imitate.
Many anglers are learning that trout and other species of fish, for
that matter, don't actually prefer to eat hair and feathers.
They prefer insects,
crustaceans, baitfish and other food they actually survive on that exist in the water
they live in.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh