07/26/11
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

Current Stream and Weather Conditions
The National Weather Service Precipitation Map tells the story. We got exactly what
we needed for Hot July. Just type in Great Smoky Mountains in the "go to location" at
the bottom of the map and you will see the amount of rainfall the mountains received
during the last 24 hours. That's not the whole story though. Click the "last 2 days"
block and you will see most of the park received from about an inch to as much as 4
inches of rain.

The
National Park Service NOAA Precipitation report shows anywhere from just under
a half inch to as much as 3.2 inches at Mt. LeConte. Of course, these values will
change as time passes (depending on when you read this report). This report is
updated daily and not real-time as the first map is.

Right now, 5:30 AM this morning, it looks like most of the streams are very high and
most likely dingy. I can't wait to see the Little Pigeon River this morning. It doesn't
have a USGS streamflow data station.
Little River is flowing at 729 cfs which means
you don't want to fish it for a while, or I should say, you sure don't want to wade it at
this time. You could fish it from the bank in places and provided you know what your
doing, stand a good chance to catch a larger brown trout. The
Oconaluftee River is  
up and rolling also.

Keep in mind, these values are at stations just outside the park and although they
indicate conditions a good ways upstream of those points, they don't necessarily
indicate the conditions in the high elevations or headwaters of the particular stream.
Since the precipitation map doesn't show much rain within the last few hours, my
guess is the small upper elevation streams are probably already back down to a
fishable level. Considering the hot, daytime temperatures we are experiencing, that's
where you need to be fishing anyway, except and unless you get a very early start.

The forecast indicates the rain will stop for a day or two and go back to the normal 20
percent chance of rain forecast near the end of the week. If you read my recent
articles, you would know that doesn't mean that an inch of rain can't fall within a very
short time. Last weeks "20 percent chance of rain" brought the mountains more water
from the skies than they have had in a long time.

Those Planning A Yellowstone Fly Fishing Trip need to get with it now. By
the time you can probably get there, stream conditions should be in great shape

About ten days ago, I posted a "Good and Bad News" Report on our Yellowstone Park
website. This was about the streams within Yellowstone National Park. The good news
being things would surely improve and the bad news meaning things were not good at
all at that time. Many of the streams heights and flow rates were reaching all time
records. This was due to the melting big time snowpack creating a huge runoff.

Yesterday, I was happy to
report a different picture or "The Good News". The good
news is that some of the streams have already reached very fishable levels and all of
them are on the way down, including the Upper Yellowstone River upstream of the
Falls to the Lake. It's still very high and only fishable around the edges but falling fast.
The bottom line to all of this is everything is running about a month behind normal.

You could be doing well on Slough Creek right now but Soda Butte and the Lamar are
high, cold and off-color. The Gallatin River is still very cold but clear. Oh well, you can
read the report which I base not only on stream-flow data but information directly from
contacts I have that are on these streams just about every day.

I predict fishing in Yellowstone National Park will be fantastic from a week or two from
now for the next two months. The "dog days" will be much improved over the normal
conditions in August, for sure. Locals call this a "wet" year for Yellowstone and that's
really a good thing for the fish.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh