09/04/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives (Little BWOs)
2.    Mahogany Duns
3.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
4.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Slate Drakes
7.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants (includes Flying Ants)
10.  Beetles
11.  Craneflies

Update On The Weather
Just after I finished writing yesterday's article in the early AM, the National Weather
Service changed its forecast considerably. It's now clear that they are expecting
heavy rain from Lee to arrive here in the Smokies. I was wondering how they could
ignore what was clearly a possibility. They also advanced the forecast for the cooling
trend by a day.

The  cool temperatures will be just great but the heavy rain anticipated won't be
welcome. I'm at least hoping it's a little too soon for them to determine for certain, but
the 8 to 10 inches of rain that they are now predicting to fall in a relatively short time
in the Smokies, wouldn't be good. From the fish's standpoint, it beats not raining.
From a flash flood standpoint, it isn't good, especially for the people who live along
the rivers.

The forecast went right along with the rest of my day. After photographing about half
of our new salmon and steelhead flies, I loaded the Sony 4 GB card in a computer to
discover my day's work was had been destroyed. At the blink of an eye, the green
light turned red. Although from all indications everything worked exactly like it's
supposed to work during the shooting of the pictures, the best I can determine, the
data on the little toy card was destroyed by an invisible monster. I didn't have a sledge
hammer handy or the tiny little piece of Japanese junk would be nothing but dust in
the air.

My temper has gotten much better over the years. It required a very expensive
education but I finally passed the final exam. After years of paying for things like
breaking a complete set of graphite golf clubs over my knee, kicking down the glass
storefront to a stereo store (almost cutting my foot off), throwing a sledge hammer
through the wall of a new dentist office (with the wall full of oxygen and water pipes) I
was building, punching a policeman in the nose, and enduring many other courses in
the school of hard knocks I had rather forget, I finally learned to control my temper.



Copyright 2011 James Marsh