09/21/11
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

Current Stream and Weather Conditions
The forecast looked as if we were going to get some rain the last couple of days but
most of the park received less than a tenth of an inch during the last 24 hours. A
couple of small areas on the North Carolina side received up to a half inch of rain.
This website will keep you current as to what's happening in that regard. Just make
sure you enter Great Smoky Mountains in the location box below the map. In case you
forget to make note of the address, we have a link to it on the link page of this site.
The streams are not low for this time of the year and the fishing is just great, but since
this is the driest time of the year, a little rain sure won't hurt anything.

There's still as 70 percent chance of rain for today, so it's still very possible the park
will get a good soaking. The chances of rain stay around 40 to 50 percent until the
weekend.

I'm beginning to have little faith in the chances of rain as stated by the various
weather services. If you remember, I wrote about the huge amount of rain we received
a few weeks or so ago when the chances were 20 percent. Now that it ranges from 40
to 70 percent, it doesn't rain. In a way, the chances as stated are deceptive. The
chances of it raining doesn't necessarily relate to whether it rains a tenth of an inch or
five inches. It did rain a few drops yesterday at home, so I guess the forecast is
correct. Of course, when the chances are 50 percent, the forecast is correct when it
doesn't rain.

I'm wanting it to rain for another special, selfish reason. I want it to raise the water
level in Little Pigeon River in Sevierville. It's low enough that the large smallmouth I
recently discovered can easily see me before I can get a fly to them. Due to their
unique location, It's almost impossible to do that under any stream level conditions
and with low water, it's impossible to do so without being spotted.

On second thought, I have a good idea the rain situation will change today. I just
heard the song "It's five o'clock somewhere", so that reminds me, "It's going to rain
today, somewhere".  

Perfect Fly Steelhead and Salmon Sections Completed:
It just occurred to me that I haven't mentioned that I have finished getting all the
steelhead and salmon flies online on our Perfect Fly site. We will be added many
other fly patterns to the inventory, especially in the Spey line, but there's plenty of
them for sale now.

I realize that probably only a small percentage of you fish for steelhead or salmon, but
I'm also sure there's some of you that do. I know there's lots of anglers that frequent
this site that live near the Great Lakes. Just about all the tributaries of the Great
Lakes have steelhead and salmon. From a fly fishing standpoint, the most important
are the steelhead. Pacific Salmon species are also taken on the fly, but fly angler's
pride of the Great Lakes streams are the steelhead.

There's also a large number of rivers that have Atlantic Salmon. At one time, all of
Maine's rivers had Atlantic Salmon that returned from the Atlantic Ocean to
reproduce. In eastern North America, including Canada from Ontario eastward, and in
the United States in all the New England states and the State of New York,
there's
747 rivers that have Atlantic Salmon
.  Atlantic Salmon also have been successfully
introduced into the Great Lakes. There's little reproduction taking place but they are
there for the taking.

The Great Lakes also have several species of Pacific Salmon that have been
introduced. These return to many of the Great Lakes tributary streams. The main
species are the Coho and Chinook salmon.

Technically, there are steelhead in North Carolina and Tennessee. A steelhead is
nothing more than a rainbow trout that spawns in a stream and goes to sea or a large
lake.

Copyright 2011 James Marsh