08/30/11
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

I Feel Bad, So I Apologise Without Angie Even Making Me (But Only
Because She Hasn't Read Yesterday's Article)
In my yesterday's article, written around 5:00 A.M., I made fun of the news media for
making such a big deal out of a minor but as it turned out, devastating hurricane that
took place over the weekend. I was referring to the talking heads standing up in front
of seas that quite frankly, looked like most normal stormy days to someone who lived
in on the beach in Florida for most of his life, meaning myself. Later on yesterday
morning, I noticed the massive flooding in New Jersey, New York State, Vermont, and
other states. I also noticed 40 people lost their life thanks to Hurricane Irene. I felt very
bad. What was intended to be a joke, didn't turn out to be a joke. Not one sole has
mentioned it to me, but they don't have too. I feel very bad about what I wrote.

To make matters worse, I watched the Discovery Channel program on 911 featuring
George Bush last night. That made me feel even more sorry for what I wrote,
especially about New York City. No one has ever accused me of being good at making
friends and winning hearts. I would starve to death as a PR man. I don't guess I
stopped to think that more of my DVD have been sold in New York than any other
state (both fly fishing and saltwater programs) and that they rank only second to
Pennsylvania in terms of our Perfect Fly sales. I forgot that I liked the city well enough
to have visited it dozens of times. New Jersey isn't far behind in terms of customers
and today, their trout streams are a mess (if there is any trout left) not to mention
those in eastern Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and others. I pictured that
happening in the Smokies and felt bad again. I feel very sorry for those people that
were affected by Hurricane Irene. I hope I didn't offend anyone.

Smallmouth Catching Tough
In both Pigeon Forge and Sevierville there are a few miles of the Little Pigeon River
that's bordered by a paved walking path that makes it very easy to fish the river. One
of the new places I wanted to try was the huge Trolley Stop parking lot built by the city
of Pigeon Forge. It's a new, giant parking lot that's probably a close to a mile long.
Visitors can park and ride the Pigeon Forge Trolley system. You would have to see it
to believe how large it is. Next to the giant lot, that runs about thirty yards off the river,
is a paved hiking trail. Angie and I checked it out yesterday morning. We have not
fished that stretch of the river for smallmouth because it wasn't accessible prior to the
construction of the new lot. We spotted several smallmouth bass in the low, clear
water, one of which appeared to be about four or five pounds. We didn't have our
fishing gear but decided to return later on in the afternoon and try it.

I missed three straight fish by not seeing the take until it was too late to set the hook
good. I made several goof ups. I waded upstream to avoid the sun in my eyes but that
makes it difficult to pop the Perfect Fly deer hair bugs I was using. It also constantly
created more than a desirable amount of slack line to set the look good. When I
waded up to the hole where we spotted the smallmouth, I failed to get a strike and
turned to ask Angie sitting on the bank watching me, if she could see the fish. She
screamed that one just took the fly and I didn't get the hook set well enough to keep it
on. It was a large smallmouth for certain. It bowed the fly rod good and felt large. The
fly I was using, our Baby Popping Frog, has a weed guard and it takes a good hook
set to connect. In other words, I goofed up the entire deal. I ended up catching two
very small fish. I had plenty of hits from bream but the fly was just too large for them.

The low water made it almost impossible to wade close to a fish. It's very obvious
where the fish are holding because there are few places in the river deep enough for
the smallmouth under the low water conditions. There's several large, deep pools in
the river and we intend to try them later on in the week. Day after tomorrow we will fish
from the walkway along the river in Sevierville. It goes around the west end of the city
for a long ways. It's fun fishing the stream when the water is low, but it's very tough to
keep from spooking far more smallmouth than you can catch.

Today is Tuesday and the day I set aside to do our new "Strategy Series" but I
haven't fished the park in the last few days. I will today and write the strategy article
tomorrow. I got excited about finding the large smallmouth and forgot I should be
fishing the park. I don't expect many changes have taken place in the park, other than
the water is even lower, but I will check it out today.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh