02/02/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Midges
2.    Little Winter Stoneflies

Most available/ Near hatching and other types of available food:
3.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
4.    Blue Quills  (Nymphs)     
5.    Blue-winged Olives (Nymphs)

Update On The Fly Fishing Strategies - Part 28
I have waited past the time I normally write the daily article in order to see the extent of the rainfall
we recently received. The three USGS Real-time Stream level stations are all outside the park
and rain in the higher elevations can affect the levels at the stations for sometime after the rain
has ended.

The Precipitation map shows that the North Carolina side of the park got more rain than the
Tennessee side of the park received. As of now, and it still is raining over much of the park, it is
showing the N.C. side received about three-quarters of an inch to an inch in most areas. Most of
the Tennessee side of the park got about a half inch to three-quarters of an inch. That's seems
like very little and it would be if the water table wasn't as high as it is. The streams had just
recently dropped back down into fairly safe wading levels.

By this afternoon the clouds will be gone and it should be sunny with a high near 62. Tonight's
low should be down to around 35 degrees. Friday should stay sunny with a high of about 61 but
there's a 40 percent chance of rain Friday night. The chances increase to 70 percent for
Saturday with a high near 52. The low Saturday nigh will be 44 with a low around 50 percent
chance of rain. The chances last into Sunday morning at 30 percent with a high near 60.

The good part of this is the weather is staying warm but the water levels will remain iffy. They are
not forecasting heavy rain but with the water levels we already have it won't take much to put
them back to high to wade this weekend. Lets hope that doesn't happen. It's not going to stop me
from going with my friends this Saturday as long as their willing to chance it. They are coming
from Charlotte and I think as of now at least, they probably have received more rain than the
Smokies.

If the water levels remain low enough to wade, I'm sticking with the same strategy I outlined on
Tuesday. If they don't and the streams get high I'm suggesting streamers. I have been able to
catch a few trout before even when the water was completely out of the banks. Stained water can
improve you success fishing streamers as long as it isn't too dingy.

Also, don't forget the very small streams. Even during heavy rains you can fish some of the
headwater streams. I suggest the smaller stream in the mid to lower elevations, not the high
elevations streams. The water will still be relatively cold at the higher elevations. When it's 35 in
Gatlinburg, chances are it's only about 20 to 25 in the highest mountains.

Some streams that come to mind are Cosby Creek, Indian Camp Creek, Anthony Creek, Laurel
Creek, Jakes Creek, Roaring Fork, upper Caldwell, upper Palmer, and Collins Creek. There are
many others that are not at a high elevation.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh