03/16/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Midges
2.    Blue-winged Ollives (
Baetis brunnicolor) and Little BWOs
3.    Blue Quills
4.    Quill Gordons
5.    Little Black Caddis (
Brachycentrus)
6.    
Little Brown Stoneflies
7.    Hendricksons & Red Quills

Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8.     American March Browns
9.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Update On the Fishing Conditions This Weekend

Little River is currently blown out. At 4:30 AM this morning it is flowing at 1250 cfs.
The Oconaluftee River is right at the blown out level. Looking at the
National Weather
Service precipitation map it is obvious as to why. The area of the park that
encompasses much of the Little River watershed received 2 to 2.5 inches of rain last
night. One area got 2.5 to 3 inches. Enter "Great Smoky Mountains in the "location"
box. Note that depending on exactly when you view this map, the amounts change. It
shows the previous 24 hours by default. At this time, much of the area of the Little
Pigeon River drainage and the north end of the park received much less. It probably
averages .75 to 1 inch. The streams will be high for sure, but they may possible be
wadable. I won't know until later on today when I see the Little Pigeon River.

Unfortunately, the chances of rain and thunderstorms from today through Sunday at
Gatlinburg ranges from 40 to 70 percent. One weather site predicts that 1.5 inches of
rain is expected from today through Sunday. Since the ground is already well saturated,
conditions do not look good. Of course, you can always fish the high water, but it
appears your chances of wading safely anywhere will be slim to none. They could be
wrong and the water continue to drop but the odds for that aren't good. Be sure to take
your streamers. Other than the stream water levels, conditions are excellent.

"K.I.S.S. A Bug" Series -  American March Brown - Part 4
The Beautiful Dun

You should be aware of the fact that these mayflies will probably be found in two
different sizes during the long hatch. They will not vary in size at any one specific time
but they will from the start of the hatch to the end of it. The duns will gradually
transgress in sizes throughout the long hatch period. These mayflies can vary in terms
of hook sizes of their imitations from a 10 to a 12, although most of them will be closer
to a size 12.

If possible, you should present the fly with an upstream or up and across cast. You can
get closer to the fish fishing upstream. When you do see a dun come off, or on a day
when you find the duns on the banks, trees or bushes, you should try an emerger or
dun pattern. As mentioned before, I prefer to start out with an emerger pattern.  
Normally, they produce best during the hatch but the fly must land in the smooth, slow
side of the current seam, not the fast side. That makes the presentation a little tricky at
times.

The emerging duns and the fully emerged duns that are ready to escape the water
quickly get caught in the current seams. They hatch right at the edge of the fast
water and the current usually catches them within a few seconds. The water is usually
warm enough that the wings of the duns dry fast and they escape the water rather
quickly. They don't usually drift a long way on the surface. I use an upstream or slightly
up and across presentation. I had rather make a lot of short, accurate cast than fewer
long, maybe less accurate cast. That allows you to fish a lot more water than you could
making longer cast.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
All Images are thumbnails: Click to Enlarge
All Images are thumbnails: Click to Enlarge
The "Perfect Fly" American March
Brown Dun. The abdomen is made
from a goose biot and the thorax is
dubbing. The legs are made of dry fly
rooster hackle. The split wings are hen
neck feathers. The split tails are made
of nylon.
Notice the top image of the dun is a
lighter version of the American March
Brown. This is what you normally see
at the beginning of the long hatch
period. The center image shows a
slightly darker dun. The bottom image
shows a much darker and slightly
smaller version of the dun. It was shot
near the end of the long hatch period
a few years ago. It's what anglers used
to call the Gray Fox, which turned out
to be the exact same American March
Brown, and not a separate species.