08/15/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Cream Cahills
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Little Green Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7. .  Sculpin, Minnows (streamers)
8.    Inch Worms
9.    Grasshoppers
10.  Ants
11.  Beetles
12.  Craneflies
13.  Flying Ants

Update On Great Smoky Mountains National Park:
The stream and weather conditions remain in excellent shape for mid-August. The
normal "Dog Day" slang language shouldn't apply to this year - at least not so far. I
don't know how conditions could be any better and yes, I was on three of the streams
during the last two days.

Some complain about the low water levels but my response to those that worry about  
that (which I try to keep to myself but usually can't) is they should learn to fly fish.
That prevents one from having to rely on blind luck.

I guess it's because school started back in many areas: or the DOW lost 1200 points
last week: or football season is just starting; or hunting season is on the minds of
many; or that many think the catching is bad in August; etc., but for some reason, I
didn't see but one angler fishing during both days.

I'm going to go with my last guess, which is many think it just isn't a good time to fish
the park. The tourist crowds haven't decreased much, if any. Pigeon Forge and
Gatlinburg are bumper to bumper as usual and traffic in the park is sure not lacking in
any respect. If you don't go to Walmart, Krogers or Food City before 9:00AM, you will
be shopping cart to cart with crowds of people wearing shorts and flip flops. It reminds
me of Panama City Beach where I spent a big part of my life. For that reason, I'm of
little help to Angie in that regard and besides, I hate shopping for anything.

We have been busy with Perfect Fly orders for the Western streams, Northeastern
and New England streams and a few anglers planning late September and October
trips to the Smokies, but none to speak of for the Smokies for the next two or three
weeks.

Update On Yellowstone National Park:
I haven't been able to get in touch with my main contact, but from talking to customers
who made it to, or are at Yellowstone, as well as the locals I have contacted, it seems
all the streams of Yellowstone Park are all in great shape at this time.
This report was
made almost a week ago and will be updated soon.

The Yellowstone River itself is still a little high but it's falling fast and getting better
each day. If you missed your July trip, you didn't miss much. You would have been
about a month early this year. If your headed there during the next couple of months,
you should be in great shape.

Update On Yesterday's Article:
Scott Martin did win the Lake Ouachita FLW Cup Bass Tournament. It's no big deal.
He just picked up a half million bucks.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh