09/03/11
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 Weather and Stream Conditions
If we can survive another day or two, we should be blessed with some rain. There's
actually a 30 percent chance for a isolated thunderstorm today and tomorrow. That
would be nice.

Not only will the chances of rain go up on Monday, there will be a substantial drop in
the air temperature. That will also help the low water situation that exist in all the
streams in the park at this time. Highs for Labor Day is forecast to be only 78 degrees
and even lower on Tuesday. That will be wonderful.

I'm certainly not pretending to know much about the weather, but I don't see how the
forecast can avoid considering the low that's currently in the New Orleans area. Well,
on second thought, it probably does, as best that can be done. I'm just guessing that
could be a factor a few days from now and I'm also speculating that it would be difficult
to forecast its exact affect on any given area since it's just suppose to sit there and
decide where it will move to at a later date.

It has been a strange weather year and we should be thankful that the Smokies have
been less affected with adverse weather than just about any part of the country. I
don't want to jump the gun. The year isn't over and maybe we should knock on wood.

Parts of the Mid-atlantic, the Northeast and the New England areas are again in bad
shape thanks to Irene. That's affected their end of the season fishing drastically in
some areas.

The sun finally melted most of the snow in the western states and the fishing
conditions finally got into good shape, but it was just about the time Autumn began
before that happened. The grass is already brown n Yellowstone and it will probably
see a few snow showers within the next two or three weeks, even at the 6000- 7000
foot elevations. Fishing conditions are fantastic at the present time. Huge snow packs
also affected the Cascades and Sierras. Fishing was delayed a by a month or more
due to high, cold water from the late runoff.

Anyway you look at it, in comparison to many other areas of the country, from a fly
fishing standpoint, the Great Smoky Mountains have been in great shape. Don't
forget that while most of the areas I just mentioned normally have only a three to six
month fly fishing season, the Smokies is year-round. There are very few days you
would have a difficult time catching trout. In fact, there are few days you would have a
tough time catching trout on a dry fly. We should just be thankful and hope our good
luck continues.

I am confident our concerns about the low water conditions will be ending very soon. I
hope everyone enjoys the holiday. I'm working every day photographing and adding
over a hundred new fly patterns I just received from my tiers to the new Steelhead and
Salmon pages of our Perfect Fly site. I'm enjoying doing that this weekend. I will check
out the streams starting next Tuesday. I have a good idea there will be plenty of water
flowing again by then. .

Copyright 2011 James Marsh