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)
9. Ants (includes Flying Ants)
Update On The Weather, Again
Yesterday's article was short and sweet and for the second day in a row about the
weather and stream conditions in the Smokies. Today continues that. I hope I'm not
boring anyone with this weather thing but the more information I try to gather about
the weather for the Smoky Mountains, the more I begin to think the weather service
has a big question mark over their heads.
By the way, I'm not exactly a complete weather idiot. I finished an educational DVD
"Understanding Weather" for TMW Media of California early this year. The program is
selling good to high schools for supplemental classroom information on weather. It
was actually the basics of what was and still is intended to be a saltwater and
freshwater fishing program about what anglers need to understand about the weather
and the distributor liked the basic part about weather well enough to place it with their
educational company as a separate program. I'll get around to finishing the fishing
version of the program one of these days.
I almost never watch local news, but this morning I thought the local weather guys may
shed some light on the local conditions. I turned on one local station, I don't remember
which one and really don't know the difference in one from the other, but the
weatherman reported the Knoxville area would get from 2 to 4 inches of rain. He
continued to say that the mountains would get from 4 to 8 inches and possibly, much
more. That "possibly much more" statement didn't sound very professional but at least
that guy may have thrown in some honesty.
I changed channels to the next in-line local weather station that followed 30 minutes
later. The weatherman on that station reported Knoxville would get 4 to 8 inches of
rain and the mountains would, get this now, average 4 to 6 inches. Average 4 to 6
sounds more professional but the guy continued to say that was a very
conservative estimate. That takes away the professional slant I just gave him but
again, indicates the truth is "They Don't know". The only thing consistent is they
do know it's going to rain a lot and it isn't just today, it continues into tomorrow.
Furthermore, it rained a half inch yesterday before midnight. They know the higher
elevations will probably receive more rainfall than the valleys, but that seems to be
about all they know.
Yesterday's Fishing Experience:
I decided yesterday morning that I would go check some places in the Smokies to see
if much had changed the last three days. I also wanted to fish again before the water
rises back up. It's easy to wade and fun to fish the low water. I thought the slightly,
and they were slightly, cooler temperatures may change some things. The bottom line
was that conditions had not changed any as far as I could determine.
I started just below the Chimney Trailhead bridge by working my way through woods
about a couple of hundred yards downstream from the bridge. I picked up six or seven
rainbows and one nice size brook trout. That took about as much time getting there
and set up as it did fishing. I finished in full view of some people taking a dip in the
I moved up to Walkers Camp Prong and checked a place where the stream leaves the
road. I picked up three brook trout in a very short time but also noticed the first
Needle Stoneflies I have seen this year. I am sure the coming rain will have a big
affect on that but maybe not damage it all that much. By the way, the brook trout are
changing colors indicating they are getting ready to spawn before long.
I left the higher elevations to check the conditions at Little River near Elkmont. I didn't
fish anymore because Angie wasn't with me and I figured, she probably figured, I had
slipped off by myself fishing. I never did that until very recently, but not because
anyone was concerned about me. It was just that I was always working a video
production. Now that I passed out a few months ago and fell through the shower door,
everyone that knows me thinks I have a problem. I did the several days of test at UT
Heart Center and they came up blank, so I figure I better fish anytime I can. I had
much rather fall over dead fishing than sitting on a couch.
I stopped at three places on Little River to check the water temperature, which was in
the mid-sixties. I was hoping the Mahogany Duns may have started to hatch but it was
actually too early to determine that. I didn't see any evidence that anything was or had
hatched and I'm certain it's due to the continued very high temperatures. The hatch
situation will change starting today as a matter of fact; however, It may be a week or
so before anyone can fish a hatch if one did occur.
Today's high will only be in the low seventies in Gatlinburg and even cooler in the high
elevations. By the way, as with most any "fishing report", this one is absolutely
worthless because conditions will change drastically.
A short time from now there will be some good opportunities to catch some large
brown trout to easy way. I'll probably write something about that in the near future.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh