Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Yellow Quills (Heptagenia Group) (slight chance)
3. Needle Stoneflies (slight chance)
4 Great Brown Autumn Sedge (slight chance)
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Phoney Fishing Advise
There's no such thing as "the fishing is good, or bad, or poor or whatever". Fishing is always good.
Catching decent numbers and decent size fish can be more difficult at times than it is at other times
but even under very adverse conditions, anglers that figure things out can still have excellent
success. That has been proven over and over and over in professional fishing tournaments. No,
these aren't trout tournaments but it there was such a thing, the results would be the same. These
are professional bass, walleye and various saltwater tournaments I'm referring to. When conditions
are excellent in all respects, most of the participants do well and have good catches. When
conditions are very tough, the number of anglers that do well in terms of large numbers and sizes of
catches are much lower, but the success the winners have doesn't vary that much. It's just shows a
much wider spread all relating directly to who figured things out. There's always anglers that figure it
out and have seemingly impossible catches even though most of the others catch very few. In fact,
it's so obvious and so well know by professionals, that they always prefer tough fishing
conditions. It simply reduces the competition and amount of luck involved.
What's amazing about trout fishing conditions in the Smokies, is when things are suppose to be
perfect, good stream levels, excellent water temperatures and weather, hatches going well, etc., you
will always see those days when the majority, and I said "majority" of the anglers fishing catches no
more trout than they would if they fished under what's normally considered terrible conditions. You
see this every Spring when all the hype is placed on the great fly fishing that's should take place.
When that happens, you will always see and hear the _______, excuses you can conceive. There
are days every May when the average catch per angler is not over three or four trout.
How good or how bad the fishing is depends on how good or how bad a job of fishing the fisher
person does. You are not destined to catch X numbers or sizes of fish when you fish the streams of
Great Smoky Mountain National Park or anywhere else. Those that claim to be able to tell you
how good the fishing is and predict the results your going to have are complete idiots.
They are also the very ones that never and I mean for all practical purposes NEVER fish the streams
of the park. Advice from such phonies is completely worthless. When someone tells you that you can
go fishing but that your not going to catch many, tell them to kiss you where the sun don't
shine. Doing so will make me my response to such stupidity seem nice.
Copyright 2011 James Marsh