01/13/12

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Midges
2.    Little Winter Stoneflies
3.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

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I enjoy watching it snow. I love it when it snows those big, beautiful flakes the size of quarters that
slowly settle to the ground. I enjoy fly fishing when it snows. Some of our best catches have come
when it was snowing. Blue-winged Olives love those conditions. Sitting here staring at this
monitor, I'm wondering if and when we will have those conditions because on this Friday the 13th
day of January in Pigeon Forge Tennessee, we are experiencing a
blizzard.

We have a good long range forecast for fly fishing next week but right now it's 23 degrees, not
exactly a good time to be wading Little River flowing at over 600cfs. It's also a little breezy, with
wind gust of up to thirty miles per hour.

I knew I would need it and I just didn't pull out the cash to get one, but only a new Sage ONE fly
rod could possible handle such wind and deliver a fly with the needed precision accuracy. I would
be stuck with having to make crooked cast. The $700.00 plus price is reasonable enough, even
considering it has a cheap golden bronze aluminum reel seat and exotic "walnut" wood that  
would match everything else in our house. If the wind keeps up, I'm going to have to take a
hammer, hit myself hard enough in the head to knock what little brains I have left out and get one.
I just can't wait to experience konnetic technology, something I've always wanted but never had.

I'm really ashamed. I guess I just had take this out on someone. I do own a Sage Rod and it's a
very good one. I certainly like it better than the Korean or Chinese models, even if all the graphite
is made in Japan and the handle comes from Portugal. Just don't give me that accuracy crap.  

Things will get better. Later on today, there's only a chance of snow flurries and the high will be
all the way up to 31 degrees in Gatlinburg. That's not that bad considering the wind will only be
gusting to 30 miles per hour. That's probably just average for Siberia. Tonight's low will be a cool
18, that is here where all the pigeons have left the forge.

In other words, it's 5:00 o'clock not somewhere, but right here and I'm depressed. For the first
time in a long time and the first time this year, I'm recommending you don't fish the freestone
streams in Great Smoky Mountains National Park - at least not the small headwater brook trout
streams. You will probably have to hike up the mountains to reach them or otherwise, knock down
the fences the Rangers will put across the roads in the park.

Please don't give up on me. I'm just not in the mood to write anything worth reading this morning.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh