07/28/11
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
I don't think I have ever seen any better conditions in the Smokies at this time of year
for fishing. All the streams have plenty of water, thanks to the recent rain. Although
some are higher than I prefer at this particular time, that too is great because it means
it will only get better as the water drops for this weekend. Of course, that's assuming
what happened last week doesn't happen again. We had a 20% chance of rain last
week for a few days and ended up with as much as 3 inches of rain in some streams.

Today the chances return to 20 percent. Don't misunderstand me. If we get 3 more
inches of rain today, it will still be just fine with me. There's still a long way to go before
the cool temperatures of Fall return. In fact, we may well get some more rain before
the weekend is over. Chances go up to 30% tomorrow and 50% for Saturday. As you
well know, that also means we may not get a drop. However you want to look at it,
conditions are very good for anglers and for the trout.

Not only are the water levels in good shape. The water temperatures are also in good
shape. Although yesterday was very hot, the water temperature in the lower part of
Little Pigeon River was in the low sixties. Water temps can be expected to increase
back to normal Summer averages provided we don't continue to get more rain.

I suggest you stay above about 2500 feet unless it's early in the day. That means
most of the water available to fish can be fished. Today, with the levels a little higher
than some of you may prefer to wade, staying in higher elevations on some of the
small streams means the levels will be lower. With some color still in the water, fishing
early and late in the mid and even lower elevations could result in your hooking a nice
brown trout.

I plan on doing some fishing today and tomorrow. I have some new gear I want to test.
That's as much of an excuse as a real need but that's my reason and I'm sticking too
it. I'm in a big rush this morning to make a routine doctor appointment so I'll be cutting
this one short.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh