08/24/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little Eastern BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants (includes Flying Ants)
10.  Beetles
11.  Craneflies


Update On Stream/Weather Conditions
I'll have to admit, my thoughts yesterday about Irene affecting our weather here in the
Smokies was more hope than reality. According to the current National Weather
Service weather forecast, it appears that if we fail to fall into the 30% category for rain
tomorrow (Thursday), we won't be getting any. That includes all the way through the
weekend. That isn't good. Little River is showing 48 cfs of flow at the current time at
5:19 this morning and that's low. I'm not suggesting were in dire shape, I'm just
pointing out I'm getting into my normal worry mode. I usually say "when the storm
clouds gets the darkest, the sun is going to shine". Now I'm saying, when the sun gets
the brightest, the storm clouds are bound to show up".

I can summarize how to catch trout under these conditions in three word phrases -
"Fish high, Stay Low and Use Perfect Flies".  

Email From Yesterday's Strategy Series:
I received three questions about yesterday's strategy article. In a nut shell, all three
were asking questions (and slightly criticizing the article) relative to other details they
needed to catch trout in the Smokies.

My friends, if I could do that in a one page article, I would make Albert Einstien appear
to have been stupid.

The article was on STRATEGY - WHAT FLY TO USE. It wasn't intended to be a one
page solution to how to catch trout on the fly. Sure, I could tell you to fish the fast
water (most of it's fast water); use nymphs or dry flies (since that's about all you can
fish except streamers); fish early and late (which doesn't relate to anything but the
brown trout); fish the cooler water in the shaded areas (which is stupid advise - it isn't
cooler); fish a Green Weenie (good advise for Green Weenies), etc., but I don't want
to mislead you. The strategy and flies I suggested you use offer the greatest odds of
success,
but that's only a part of the overall requirements for success.

There are many, many other things required other than just using the right fly. That's
an important part it, but you also have to know exactly where and how to present the
fly. To do that, you have to know something about the insect or other food you're
trying to imitate. It also requires using good all around fly fishing skills and techniques.
Otherwise, you are relying on pure luck.

Little Yellow Quill Spinners:
The Little Yellow Quill spinners start appearing on the water in the mid to late
afternoon and stay around until dark unless they are eaten by a trout. If the weather
is still warm, they show up later in the day near dark but during late September and
early October they will show up around the middle of the afternoons. They come from
the bushes and trees along the banks, mate over the water and soon afterwards, the
females deposit their eggs in the small runs and riffles.

At times you can find several spinners on the water at the end of each little riffle. Most
of the time we have fished the spinner fall of the Little Yellow Quills it was during the
late afternoon in the high elevation streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National
Park. That's not because it's the only place the spinner fall occurs but due to the fact
that during the late summer that is usually the only place the water temperature is not
bordering on being too warm. That's the case right now, but it should chance some in
the near future. The water is getting a little cooler than it has been.

In some of the small streams, you will need to cast the spinner imitation any way you
can to get it into the right places in the small runs and riffles. Sometimes this is casting
downstream from your knees or side-armed under a rhododendron bush.  

The brook trout and rainbows will a take our "Perfect Fly" Little Yellow Quill Spinner  
on almost every cast if you don't spook them before you manage to get the fly in
the right place. Even though attractor imitations usually work okay in the small brook
trout streams, you'll find that the Little Yellow Quill spinner imitations will work much
better if these beautiful mayflies are depositing their eggs. Three years ago, on video,
I actually hooked a trout on eight consecutive cast during the spinner fall.
























Perfect Fly Little Yellow Quill Spinner

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