Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
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
11. Slate Drakes
12. Golden Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of available food:
13. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing the Smokies This Holiday Weekend
I just checked the National Weather Service precipitation map for Great Smoky Mountains
National Park and for the first time in the last few days it shows zero precipitation has fell
within the last 24 hours. I thought there were some isolated thunderstorms in the mountains
yesterday, but apparently they didn't drop any water.
The stream levels are all down and in great shape. In fact, they fell so fast from their slightly
high levels of a day or two ago it's a little scary. They should continue to drop slowly until an
isolated rain shower or thunderstorm hits the watershed. They are forecasting zero rain
chances for today but there is a 30% chance for Saturday, Sunday and Monday. The highs
for this weekend in Gatlinburg are expected to reach the low nineties. The weather will be
more like the typical summertime pattern - hot with isolated thunderstorms.
This all means the fishing conditions for the park for this weekend will be as good as they
get. Traffic is already heavy in Pigeon Forge, so I'm certain the park will have plenty of
visitors this long weekend. If you come to the park through Sevierville, use the new bypass
around Pigeon Forge (Veterans Blvd./Tenn. 449) and the bypass around Gatlingburg
US 441- Gatlinburg bypass). You will have to deal with a very few traffic lights and very little
traffic. This route is by far the fastest way from I-40 to the park, yet few know about
or use these alternate routes. It's also the fastest way to where you should be
trout fishing on Little River.
A Few Simple Fishing Tips:
1. Get off the main drags. Hike as far back off the roads as you can. People stopping at the
pulloffs to view the streams along the roads will spook the trout and that may have taken
place just a few minutes before you arrived. They do not have to actually get in the water to
spook the trout. The higher their vantage point, the easier it is for the trout to spot them -
detect their movement.
2. If you start fishing a stream and notice wet shoe or foot prints on the rocks in or along the
sides of the stream and you are as much as a hundred yards or more off the road,, move to
another location. Someone has likely fishing ahead of you upstream or has fished that
section of water and just left.
3. Don't fish below 2500 feet in elevation unless it's early in the morning or before 11:00 AM.
4. Take your thermometer, check the water temperature and don't fish water that's over 67
degrees. If you find the water is in that temperature range, go to a higher elevation.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh