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
Fishing Low, Slow Water
I'm looking forward to going out the door as soon as it becomes daylight and seeing
frost for the first time in several months. At least there's a Hazardous Warning about
frost this morning. I guess it's hazardous to plants but I don't see where it should be
hazardous to humans, at least to those with common sense and a home to live in, I
should probably add.
The weather conditions should improve today over those of the weekend. It will be
sunny, with a high near 66 in Gatlinburg. The trout have had plenty of time to adjust
to the change and should be functioning in high gear. The wind will die down today
and that will help keep some of the leaves out of the water.
By the way, far to many anglers allow leaves in the water to bother them. It can be a
little frustrating at first, but once you make a few cast, it shouldn't. In some ways, I
think it helps by detracting the trout and shortening the time they have to closely
examine a fly.
With the low water, and low water flows slower than high water, the speed of the water
is of little help in disguising your fake fly, except in the fastest runs and riffles. The
single biggest reason many anglers have problems catching trout in low
water conditions, isn't so much that they spook the trout as it is the trout can
see their fake imitations of the flies they are using much better in the slower
You don't hear much about that. It's always that the trout are hiding, which in the case
of rainbows, usually isn't the case at all. Most anglers blame it on the fact it's easier
for the trout to see you. Hiding from the trout is more difficult under low water
conditions for certain, but the fact the fish can closely examine your fly in the lower,
slower moving water is an even bigger factor. That's the same reason it's more
difficult to catch trout from a pool. It's the reason most anglers completely ignore pools
and only fish the fast water. In slow moving water, such as in the larger pools of the
Smokies, the trout have plenty of time to examine your fly.
Under these conditions, you will find our "Perfect Flies", will outproduce the
standard generic and attractor imitations considerably. In smooth, slow to
moderately flowing taliwaters, you will discover they are far more effective than the
generics. In spring creeks, the difference is as different as night and day, as the
saying goes. They make the difference in catching trout and not catching trout.in
many situations. The above reasons is why our Perfect Fly sells more than doubled in
the part year, even under the current horrible economy. If you haven't already done
so, you should give them an opportunity to work for you.
By the way, if your wondering why fly shops don't sell flies similar to our Perfect Flies,
here's why. They can't get them and if they could, they would be much more
expensive because they are far more time consuming to tie. If we had the old, going
out of style - manufacturer, representative, distributor, and dealer markup added to
the price, they would cost over $5.00 each. We sell the generics at a low price,
including delivery for those that want them but also, just to prove the point.
Perfect Fly Website
A Re - Run:
For some reason, the number of people that read my daily articles on the weekends is
usually about three to five hundred less than the number that reads the weekday
articles. This has always been the case and my guess is, it's because instead of being
stuck with the normal workday and domestic duties of weekdays, on the weekends,
everyone wants to get away from their computers and get out and do their own thing.
That being the case, I wanted to make sure everyone has the opportunity to read my
Saturday's article on "Confidence and the Habitual Angler". I believe that
self-confidence is a huge factor in success.
You cannot develop confidence in your fishing as long as your relying on trying to
copy what Joe Blow did the day or week before. The reason is simple. You can't
become confident in your own abilities if your copying other anglers.
Instead of trying to copy how, when and where someone else caught fish, you should
be trying to learn all you can about the fish you are pursuing and the food they rely
(what you should be imitating) on to survive. Leaning how, when, where and on what
the trout feed on is far more valuable than learning how, when and where Joe Blow
caught trout. If you could actually learn by copying others, schools would allow
students to cheat on their test.
In case you haven't had the opportunity to read it, here's the "Confidence and the
Habitual Angler" article.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh