11/03/11
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Little Yellow Quills (
Heptagenia Group)
3.    Needle Stoneflies
4     Slate Drakes
5     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6.    Grasshoppers
7.    Ants
8.    Beetles
9  .  Craneflies
10.  Great Brown Autumn Sedge

Upcoming Stream And Weather Conditions For The Smokies
Thursday is usually the day we provide our forecast of what to expect of the weather
and stream level and flow conditions for the coming weekend in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. Sometimes we wait until Friday but that's usually because
we are completely unsure of what the stream levels may be. It's sometimes difficult to
predict the amount of rainfall that's expected in the mountains because it can vary
considerably from the local weather forecast predictions for the nearby metros in the
valleys of Tennessee and North Carolina. If there's any substantial changes in the
water levels I will let you know about it tomorrow.

USGS Data shows Little River flowing at 125 cfs, which is a little higher than normal for
this date. The Oconaluftee River and Cataloochee River have similar heights and
flows that are a little above normal for this time of the year. Based on the weather
forecast for today, it looks like the water levels will be headed up.

There's an eighty percent chance of rain today and tonight for the Gatlinburg area.
Tomorrow, the rain should end by early morning. The high Friday should be up to
around 59 degrees with a low Friday night of 37.

The skies will be clear Saturday with a high near 64 degrees. The low Saturday night
will be around 38. As mentioned yesterday, that's almost too warm for much
baetis
(Blue-winged Olive) activity. The mid elevations may be fine in that respect since the
temperatures will be cooler at the higher elevations. The bright sunshine and clear
skies won't help either. The skies will remain clear for Sunday with a high near 65.
This is beautiful weather and it will be a very nice weekend but things could be better
from a fishing opportunity standpoint.

There's a good chance for you to catch a large brown trout if you will spend some
time scouting the water. Please don't bother those on their redds. Every time I write
that, I do so knowing many will do exactly the opposite. It's not illegal to do so. It is
unsportsmanlike.

I can also write, "please don't bother the females". When I do that, I do so knowing
most anglers don't know the difference in the male and the female brown trout.
Neither do they know for sure when the fish are holding on redds in the middle of the
spawning process, or in a pre-spawn stage, or in the post-spawn stage.

Those that do know and can recognize the above differences don't need me to
remind them to leave the fish alone. If they know that much, they know they should do
that already. Does that mean they will? In most cases, it doesn't.

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