01/27/12

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

Note:
Quick note from yesterday's article. Someone emailed me to point out that my dethroned great, great, great
grandfather from England probably wasn't sent to America as a prisoner for gambling when he was fighting
cocks. He probably was doing that
to get their hackle for dry flies. Instead of inventing Hi-Sticken, I now believe
he was the one who originated dry flies in America.

Update on Fishing Conditions in the Smokies:
The heavy amount of rainfall predicted for the Smokies didn't turn out to be all that bad. I was
looking at the National Weather Service Precipitation Map this morning and noticed the rainfall
amount for the past 24 hours was only a quarter to half an inch for much of the park. The area
near the Highway 441and the Tennessee/North Carolina state line got between an inch to an inch
and a half but that's about the extent of heavy rainfall.

I have noticed the same area always seems to get the most precipitation and I think that may be
due to the higher elevations of Mount LeConte. I know the flows of Little Pigeon River, both Forks
that exit the park at Galinburg, always seem to have heavier flows of water at this time of the
year. There's no USGS real-time stream flow gauges near the park on these two streams but
seeing the West Prong every day makes me think that may be the case.

When I refer to the
Precipitation Map, I sometimes forget that the exact time you look at the
map always changes the amounts
.  A few hours from now may show a completely different
amount of rainfall.

I enter "Great Smoky Mountains" into the "go to location" box below the map to get this data. The
map defaults to the last 24 hours period of time. What interested me this morning, was when I
changed the time period to the last 7 days (click the dot beside it below the map) it goes almost
yellow in a large area of the map. That indicates 3 to 4 inches of rainfall within the last week.
Much more area shows 2.5 to 3 inches and almost all of the park shows over 2 inches.

Notice by clicking the last month prompt, you will see between 6 to 8 inches of rain has fell in most
of the park. Also notice that the park is almost always showing much heavier precipitation (rain
and snow) that the surrounding areas.

I think this map is about as good of information as one can get when it comes to determining
what's going on with the stream levels. Combined with the three USGS stream level charts (which
are all outside the park), the data available provides about all you can expect to be able to obtain
short of visually checking out the streams. Even then, knowing what water may be headed in your
direction is helpful.

If you get this map and stream flow data on your portable phone, and especially if you have a
GPS receiver with weather radar capability,
your in electronic heaven - well, I should add, this
is also exactly what many fly anglers (including me at times) want to avoid. By the way, all this is
linked on our
link page of this site.

The best part of what I'm reporting in the way of not getting blown out is the fact the weather guys
are predicting it will not rain until this coming Wednesday. You may even be able to wade the
streams using my GGGGrandfather Marsh's Hi-sticking method of fishing, or possible even use
some of his cock fighting rooster hackle he introduced in this country and catch a trout on top.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh