05/26/12

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
11.  Slate Drakes
12.  Golden Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of available food:
13.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
14.    Inch Worms (Moth Larvae)


Fly Fishing Tales - The Oconaluftee River Documentary
This same day a few years ago, I only had a short time to fish on my way home to Gatlinburg
from a quick trip I had to make to Florida to finish up an instructional boating video I was
working on. I had forgotten about it until yesterday, when I stumbled into a short video
segment I recorded as I was searching for some other footage. I had my camera equipment
with me from the quick overnight trip I made to Jacksonville but no cameraman or Angie to
use it. When I finished fishing, I just turned the camera on and as I was driving up the
mountain on the way home, recorded myself documenting the trip.

I guess I just wasn't able to pass up fishing for a few minutes on my way back and stopped
on to the North Carolina side of the park at one of my favorite places right on highway 441.
The Oconaluftee River is one of my favorite streams partially because I can usually fish there
close to the road without being bothered by other anglers. The particular place or area I
fished is a real sleeper, I think that's because it just looks too obvious and to easy to access.
I guess most anglers think it's heavily fished, yet I've never found anyone there fishing. Even
so, most of the time you will have some people watching you fish (clue). I have always been
able to catch a good number of trout, both brown and rainbows, in the short stretch. Without
revealing the area, just let me say it's so close to road access that if you take one step in the
wrong direction, you will take a hard fall straight down in the water.

The Oconaluftee River has a slightly higher pH than many streams in the park of similar
appearance. I'm not sure why but it's very obvious the rocks are a little slicker with algae and
as a result, with the exception of Abrams Creek, you have a higher number of aquatic insects
in the stream than most other similar streams in the park with the exception of Abrams Creek.
Parts of Cataloochee Creek and Hazel Creek may rival it in that regard.

According to my noisy documentation of the fishing, it was obvious that about every insect in
the park that should be hatching was hatching on the Oconaluftee. Although nothing was
hatching during the time I was there around noon, I mentioned that the grass, trees and
bushes were loaded with proof many insects were hatching. Of course, the stoneflies I
mentioned, mostly Little Yellows but some Goldens, hatch during the evenings, not during
the day. I mentioned that I found both Sulphur duns and spinners, Cinnamon Caddisflies and
plenty of Little Yellow stoneflies along the stream that had previously hatched.

I didn't have to see many Sulphurs to know to tie on our Perfect Fly Sulphur nymph, which at
that time was fairly new. I proudly said on-camera, that I pulled out one trout after another
about as fast as I could get re-situated after releasing each one. It was continuous action the
entire hour and a half I was there.

Most of the time I had my picture taken with the fish I caught by visitors to the park. I
mentioned in the rather pitiful documentation, that I answered the usually questions like,
"what kind of fish is that", and my favorite question from observers, "are there fish in that little
stream".  

I caught one very nice brown that received a loud applaud for my audience. I mentioned it
would probably measure fourteen inches. I also mentioned something many of you will think
is strange, if not funny, especially considering we take pictures and videos of everything that
moves and some things that don't move. I mentioned on the video that for the first time ever,
I tried to take a picture of the brown trout I caught will my cell phone. What hit me yesterday,
is funny, if not downright pathetic. I didn't know how to use the camera feature and ended up
without a picture of the fish. Furthermore, even though I have owned several more phones
with cameras since then, until yesterday, I had never tried to use any of them.

My eyes immediately went to my new touch screen cell phone to see if it had a camera. It
does and I took the minute or two it requires to learn how to operate it.  I managed to take my
first picture ever with a cell phone after having a cell phone camera for a few years now. It's
a beautiful shot of my computer monitor with things to do notes stuck all over it.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh