09/18/11
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
12.  Great Brown Autumn Sedge

Stream and Weather Conditions
The stream and weather conditions are back to normal for this time of the year.
Stream and weather conditions are both excellent for fishing the park. The daily highs
have slipped by up just a little from the past three days with highs at Gatlinburg
reaching near eighty degrees but you'll find the temperature more like early Fall in the
mid to higher elevations of the park. The water temperature is excellent except for the
very low elevations and even there, it's acceptable early and late in the day.

The Blue Ridge Detour, or I Mean Parkway:
This past week Angie and I traveled to Virginia getting shots of some streams and to
make a few cast in one of the streams we had not fished. On our way back, we
decided to use the  Blue Ridge Parkway to travel through a section of the state. That
was a huge mistake.

Leaving the boring but fast travel advantage of the Interstate Highway, we traveled
some of the small state roads of Virginia to the nearest entrance/exit to the Blue
Ridge Parkway. That too, was a mistake. The road was so crooked, we passed the
same houses two or three times, averaging such a slow speed bicycles were passing
us. .

We arrived at the Parkway about an hour after my GPS said we would, only to find a
big " Red Detour Sign". From that point on, it was follow the red arrows to the next
southern entrance to the parkway, or go back to the Interstate. I made the wrong
decision and followed the detour signs.

I knew there are only so many enterance/exits along the Parkway, but I thought they
may have opened another temporary entrance point along the way since they had
closed the road. That also turned out to be poor thinking on my part. We traveled
another two hours on curved, two lane roads before we could get on the Parkway. We
didn't have any logical options except to follow the red detour signs. The lady in my
GPS was saying, sorry but the atomic clocks in the satellites covering this area are in
standby mode due to inactivity - please use dead reckoning to navigate this area.   

Of the dozens of detour signs along the way,
not one of them provided those
relying on the signs the slightest idea of how far it was to the point the
detour would end and one would be able to get back on the parkway
. I guess
our government employees responsible for that forgot about that little unimportant
detail - unimportant to them, that is. Most likely, they were just looking at their watches
to see when they would get off work and forgot about that. You just have to follow the
red signs and hope that at some point they will lead you to the next entrance.

Of course, you have an option. After waisting a couple of hours of driving time, you
could just give up and waste another hour or two getting back to the Interstate. Not
only can the government build bridges to nowhere. They can detour you to nowhere
without providing the slightest clue as to where your going, or how far your going to
travel to reach your intended destination. The result is, we waisted enough time
following red detour signs that it took another day to complete our objective. I guess
they figure that time isn't important to anyone that has the time to use the Parkway.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh