08/29/11
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

Current Stream and Weather Conditions In The Smokies:
The water level situation isn't getting any better because it hasn't rained in several
days. It was really weird watching the news reports about all the rain in North Carolina
this weekend. I thought I read where half of Great Smoky Mountains Park was in North
Carolina but I guess not.

To make matters worse, this weeks outlook isn't any better than it has been.
According to the National Weather Service, there's no chance of rain for today and
tomorrow, with only a 20% chance for Wednesday. The forecast changes back to zero
for Thursday with another 20% chance Friday. Let's hope they are wrong.

Little River is showing a stream flow of 38 cfs. USGS data also shows the record low
for today was 34. That isn't good. The Oconaluftee River isn't doing much better. The
cooler weather has helped keep the water a little cooler than it could be but that's
about the only good news. It isn't the "catching" I'm concerned about. It's the health of
the trout in the lower elevations I'm concerned about. If you fish at a higher elevation,
you shouldn't have any problem catching trout. It's just a little scary when there's been
this little rainfall in the mountains although it's really not that uncommon this time of
year. Maybe, we will start getting a more normal summer thunderstorm pattern again.  

By the way, after living on the coast of Florida for about thirty years, I can't help but
make fun of the way the news media treated the minor hurricane. The best I could
determine, the coverage they were showing on the news looked more like excellent
saltwater fishing conditions than it did a storm.

If Panama City Beach Florida had the same weather conditions the city of New York
experienced, the forecast would have read like this:
"Red Flags may be flying on the
beach for part of the day tomorrow. We're expecting windy conditions and heavy rain
for the early part of the day but sunshine will return to the World's most beautiful
beaches later on in the day."

There wasn't enough flooding in the big city to make a dent in the gopher rat
population.


More Delays On Our New Perfect Fly "Superb Five" Fly Rod
We have experienced another major delay in production of our new Perfect Fly
"Superb Five" Fly Rods. The rods were first scheduled to be completed and in stock
ready to sell by April. Everything to do with the final design and construction was
delayed due to what I can only describe as typical problems encountered getting into
something we were not experienced in. Our goal was to first produce a high-end, 5
weight, medium-fast action fly rod at least equal to, but preferable better than any
made. We started with the five weight because the five weight is the most preferred
rod weight. To accomplish our goal, we are using the very latest in material and blank
construction technology.

Something we are doing completely different from all fly rod manufacturers:
We are well aware that all fly rod companies come out with lines or series of fly rods,
ranging from a 3 weight up to a 9 weight in some cases. About the only thing that
could be similar in a 3 weight rod and a 9 weight rod is the color of the blank. Other
than that, if each rod in the series was truly designed to perform to high standards,
each rod weight would be a completely different fly rod design. The reason
manufacturers come out with series of rods, instead of one fly rod at a time, is the
cost of marketing and advertising the rod. Some companies spend more on that than
the fly rods. On a per rod basis, it's much cheaper to advertise, print a brochure, etc.,
on a seres of fly rods than a single rod weight. The results is you will normally find
only one (possibly two rods) in a series that will preform as well as they could if they
were truly individually designed fly rods. We do not intend to have less than the
highest possible quality of any fly rod weight category to reduce the cost of marketing
and advertising. We think we can do that and make a reasonable profit by selling the
rods directly to the customer and avoiding the normal rep, distributor, dealer markups.
We also will have a different approach to warranties. Currently, when you purchase a
fly rod with a life-time warranty, you in essence just pay for a second rod up front.  

After first being delayed by what I mentioned above  (I'll call it just being careful,
maybe too careful) we experienced another unforeseen delay. The earthquake in
Japan that happened in March created a shortage in the high modulus graphite
material we intended to use. This material isn't manufactured for fly rods. It's
manufactured for many other more important and more in demand needs. This
delayed the construction of the rod blanks a few months.

After we were finally were able to obtain the graphite and the blanks were made, the
first few rods were assembled but only to discover another problem. The finish we
choose for the guides begin to come off. It's hardly noticeable but never the less,
something we cannot and will not tolerate. I won't mention the name of the
manufacturing company that caused this problem but I will say they have been in
business for many years and produce more rod guides and hardware than any
company in the World. This seems like a simple problem but it's enough to create
another delay that will probably extend final completion for at least three more months
and possibly even longer.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh