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)
12. Great Brown Autumn Sedge
Yesterday Was A Nice Day To Act Like A Tourist
It seems just like a couple of days ago it was hot. I know it was hot just three days ago.
Yesterday when the wind blew about 20 knots, it felt like Siberia. I can say that
because I've never been there, well except this morning on the web trying to buy a
new fly fishing lanyard.
When I got up the temperature in the house was sixty degrees. I had to put my
glasses on and turn the thermostat on to the heat position both downstairs and
upstairs in my office. We all complained about the hot weather for about two months
and yesterday, I was already wanting to complain about the cold spell. Actually, I like
cold weather. To be more accurate, it's the wind I don't like. I've never liked sailing
although I've done quite a bit of it. I call sailboats "blow boats". That doesn't go over
well with sailors. If you will notice, they are phonies. They all have inboards or small
outboard engines on them. I'm just kidding.
Yesterday, Angie, Biddie and I drove around the park for three or four hours acting
just like we were tourist. Angie did make about six cast in the Little Pigeon River in
Pigeon Forge but she didn't have a fly tied on. I just needed a two second shot of
hands on a rod for a new video were working on.
We visited the park and made several stops along Little River from Elkmont
campground to Metcalf Bottoms. We were just looking at the water. It's interesting
checking out the stream with the water as low as it is. You can easily tell where all the
holes are. Right now you can easily see where the large browns are most likely hiding.
You can even eliminate parts of the stream there's sure not to be any because you
can actually see the entire bottom of the stream in places.
I talked to four different anglers that were fly fishing and one that was using a spinning
rod. None of them were catching trout. One guy said he had caught two and that was
yesterday afternoon at 3:00 PM after he had been fishing all day. I expected the
sudden drop in temperature to slow things down in the morning until the fish
acclimated some, but I would have thought most guys would do better than what I
heard. They probably did better later on in the day. Others I didn't see along the road
I did pick up on some weird statements that probably made a difference. Two different
guys, not associated with each other said they heard the trout were hitting yellow
caddis. That reminded me of the article I wrote just two days ago about anglers that
just had to follow others advise and examples. I asked both guys if they had seen any
yellow caddis and they both said no, they had not. I didn't see any yellow caddis
either. I was glad because I would have been very surprised. There's shouldn't be any
yellow caddisflies hatching.
I think I will make a few cast in the park this afternoon. I don't believe all the fish have
suddenly died or quit eating. I wanted to make a few cast yesterday but was rather ill
equipped. We had a fly rod lined up but only a box full of our smallmouth flies with us.
That's because when we left home, we didn't have any plans to go into the park. The
day was so beautiful (inside the car out of the wind) we just couldn't resist it. We were
not by ourselves. The park was rather congested with traffic, more that I anticipated at
this time of year. I can only imagine what it will be like in a couple of weeks.
We enjoyed just driving through a portion of the park. Biddie, our only child, a Cocker
Spaniel, really enjoyed it. She has a thick coat of hair and has to stay near the air
conditioning vents during the summer. She's a true yankee anyway, being born in
Iowa. Delta Airlines delivered her to us at the age of 8 weeks when there was 8 inches
of snow on the ground here. She felt right at home.
I enjoyed visiting the homes of Little River's large brown trout. I've stored their
address in my memory bank, or what's littles left of it. They will soon be leaving their
normal homes to perpetuate their species but they will return and I can visit them later.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh