04/16/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Blue-winged Olives and Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Short Horned Sedges
5.    Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
6.    Hendricksons & Red Quills
7.    American March Browns
8.    Giant Stoneflies
9.    Light Cahills

Most available/ Other types of available food:
10.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Current Stream and Weather Conditions:
Conditions in the Smokies continue to be excellent from a stream level and a weather
standpoint. There was a major problem yesterday with high winds. It was really gusting. That
shouldn't be a major problem today. It should drop back down in the 5 to 10 mph range. We
should get some more rain in the park this week from what looks like two different systems that
will move through. Hopefully, it will be just about the right amount to keep the stream levels
optimum.

Hatches continue to stay from two weeks to almost a month ahead of normal. It's obvious the
extended warm weather period we experienced during the Winter progressed the development
of the insects ahead of normal. The remained of the month should encounter more normal
temperatures for April. I will have a full strategy article tomorrow for the upcoming week.

KISS A Bug Series - Eastern Pale Evening Duns - Part 3
Duns and Spinners

The Eastern Pale Evening Dun rarely stay on the water very long. Their wings dry fast and
they depart the water very quickly.  They hatch in calm to moderately flowing water. Often the
water is smooth or slick. Remember, these are only in isolated areas of the park streams.

These duns usually hatch from mid afternoon to late middle afternoon. The hatch normally
only last an hour or two at the most. If it is cloudy it usually last longer. In tailwaters, where the
water temperature varies from the dam and as the water flows downstream, the hatches can
last much longer and move up the river depending on the discharges. Lots of cold water
pushes the hatches downstream.

Fish the "Perfect Fly" Eastern Pale Evening Dun in the slow to moderately moving water where
these mayflies hatch, not in the fast water.  An upstream presentation is usually best if the
surface of the water is broken. Your will probably want to use it if you can get the fly to the
trout without spooking the them. These nymphs hatch in a wide variety of different type of
streams. The presentation depends on the type of water (smooth or broken surface) in the
particular stream you are fishing. I mention this because of this is a major tailwater hatch on
some of the streams near the Smokies.

You should approach smooth water conditions using a down and across presentation. Usually,
a light, long leader and tippet is required. We recommend leaders from nine to twelve feet in
length and of size 5X to 6X.

Mating takes place near the banks and vegetation. Female spinners usually falljust about
dark, but sometimes not in great numbers. If it's very cloudy or raining lightly, you may be able
to fish it. The spinner fall starts earlier under low light conditions.

The males rarely fall on the water. You should fish the heads of pools and eddies where the
spent spinners tend to congregate. The spinners are almost impossible to see on the water. If
there has been a good hatch, there will be a good spinner fall.

In smoother water where these spinners usually fall, a down or down and across presentation
of the spinner that is allowed to drift into the calmer water is usually the best method of
presentation. In the slower moving water, the idea is to let the trout see the fly before you
spook them with your leader, tippet or fly line.  That means long, light leaders should be used.
It is often necessary to go to a 6X to be successful.

If it's near dark, you may want to place a more visible parachute type fly about two feet ahead
of the spinner. This will help you detect the takes easier.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Eastern Pale Evening Dun Dun