12/08/11
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)
5.    Midges
6.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Current Weather and Stream Conditions
I wrote yesterday's strategy article at 4:00 AM. As it turned out yesterday, about the only possible
way to fish was using streamers. The forecast for Gatlinburg was off for the mountains. There was far
more rain than expected, especially in the high elevations. That's not unusual at all. The higher
elevations usually get more rain, but you can't count on that happening. Sometimes, it's right the
reverse of that. The local weather guys, and the national ones for that matter, don't focus on the
mountains except to report snow. They only do that because "snow" really gets people's attention in
the South.

I have always liked snow. I enjoy fishing in it. Back around 2000 and 2001, Angie and would drive up
from Panama City Beach just to get to fish the Smokies in the snow. The problem was there was
usually little snow. One time we caught it when there was about four inches in the park. We've been
socked in several times and unable to travel when we have been on late Spring and Fall fishing trips
in the Western states. It's either good or bad. There's no middle ground. It's good when you can
travel and bad when the roads are closed and your stuck in a motel or cabin. That happened for
three days in late April in Colorado one year. It happened for a couple of days in Maine. It happened
one day in northern New Mexico. It happened for two days in late September in Cook City Montana.
We ended up playing on snowmobiles. It has happened several days over the last few years in
Yellowstone during the last two or three weeks of the season. For some reason we have never been
able to get socked in when we were in a motel or cabin located on the banks of a good trout stream.
It just hit me. That may be the ideal solution.

At midnight Wednesday night, I checked the precipitation report which showed an average of an inch
to and inch and a half of precipitation. In the higher elevations, some of that would be snow. When I
clicked on the last 48 hour period, it showed from two to two and a half inches in the foothills and
from two and a half to three inches in most of the park on the Tennessee side. Little River went over
2000 cfs during the night.

The North Carolina side really got it. It was covered with bright yellow, meaning it got between three
and four inches. The area right at Newfound Pass and LeConte received four to five. I'm sure some
of that is snow. The water will be very high and cold today. The high will go up to about 45 but
melting snow will keep the water temps down. It will warm up a little tomorrow. For some reason,
Saturday's high will reverse the trend and go back down even lower. It's now predicted to be only 44
with a low Saturday night of 24.

I drove up the Little Pigeon River a short ways yesterday, but it was blown out. It was also raining
fairly heaving the hour or so I was in the park. Since I just got over a cold, I didn't get out of the jeep
but only in a couple of places where I made a total of about a dozen or so cast with a streamer. That
didn't work out well at all. I didn't catch anything but a drifting stick. The water was impossible to
wade, of course, and to add to the problem, the wind was gusting strong at times.

That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it..
Copyright 2011 James Marsh