05/14/12
Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Short Horned Sedges
5.    American March Browns
6.    Giant Stoneflies
7.    Light Cahills
8.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
9.    Eastern Pale Evening Duns
10.  Sulphurs

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

Update On the Weather
So far, so good - the rainfall amounts have been just right. Most local weather stations have
been predicting up to two inches or more of rain. The "or more" could be a problem but as of
5:00 AM this morning, things are looking good.

The streams in the Smokies were all in great shape but approaching the low side and
needing rain to insure they remained in good shape. The drought conditions of just a short
time ago put a deeply embedded fear in most anglers. It doesn't take but a few days of bright
clear skies for me to begin to worry.

Now that I've just written that, I'm beginning to chuckle at myself. The though just hit me - first
of all, a lot of good it does for me to worry about something I have absolutely nothing to do
with. I'm glad I don't and I'm glad no one else on earth does. Secondly, just think about the
alternative. If man could control the weather and the amount of rain that fell, our Federal
government would end up being in charge of it and we would have to turn the biased news
reports on each day to see how the arguments and deadlocks in Congress were coming
along over when, where and who was going to get rain  There would be a tax on rain for
sure. So, on second thought. I won't worry about it. I'll take things just like they are.

As of now, according to the National Weather Service precipitation map, the North Carolina
side of the park has received the most rain with some areas getting up to an inch and a half.
Most of the Tennessee side has received about three-quarters of an inch and some areas
not even that much. A little more rain wouldn't hurt anything but again, on second thought, I'll
just knock on wood.  

The forecast for today and tonight continues to call for rain and thunderstorms and they may
well build up before the day is over. Right now, the radar doesn't indicate much heavy rain to
the west of the front. It's moving along and pushing the heavy rain to the northeast.

I know there's some anglers coming to the Smokies to fish this week prior to Troutfest being
held this weekend. I wouldn't want them to have to cast streamers all week.

At 5:30 AM it's raining big time in Pigeon Forge...I really better shut up.....
Copyright 2012 James Marsh