05/31/12
Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Little BWOs
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Light Cahills
5.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Yellow Sally)
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Slate Drakes
8.    Golden Stoneflies
9.    Little Green Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of available food:
10.  Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11.  Inch Worm (moth larva)
12.  Beetles
13.  Grasshoppers

Changes In the Insects Taking Place
I'll take a days jump ahead and call this June. As far as aquatic insect hatches are
concerned, it's the middle of June. The warm weather we have averaged for the past few
months has resulted in most hatches taking place early, even earlier than the cushion we
built in to our Smoky Mountain hatch chart.

I've dropped some insects from the above list and list of flies to imitate them and added one,
the Little Green Stonefly, which will begin to hatch soon. I also added the inch worm, which
should have been on there for the last couple or three weeks, and beetles and
grasshoppers. That still leaves several aquatic insects on the list but they will drop off down
to a few after the month of June.

This doesn't mean everything the fish are currently eating  is going to suddenly change.
That won't happen at all as yesterday's strategy article pointed out. It just means there
needs to be some changes made in your fly boxes within the next few day, or involve
different fly boxes, depending on how you store your flies. Right now the Green Sedge
caddis, Light Cahills, Slate Drakes, Golden Stoneflies and Little Yellow Stoneflies continue to
represent the majority of the most available and most plentiful foods.

Some Changes in the Weather Forecast:
I noticed, as expected, the National Weather Service has already made some changes in
their forecast through the weekend. They increased the percentages of rain for today and
Friday. There's now a 70% change of rain and you just may as well call it 100% because
that's what they will do once it starts raining.

Maybe I'm just hoping because we need the rain. While entering the Summer with low water
levels is great from a fishing standpoint from my personal perspective, it is scary from a
subsequent water level standpoint. The first front brought some decent amounts of rain to
the north of the Smokies but only dampened the woods in most places. I'm not calling for a
flash food but I hope it rains and inch or two today and tomorrow.

The other change I noticed is the cooler weather they were forecasting isn't going to last as
long as their original prediction. It will go to 86 degrees today in Gatlinburg and that's at
1900 feet elevation. I don't call that cool.

It appears the cool spell will only last a couple of days, if the latest forecast is right. The high
for Friday and Saturday is going to be around 74 but then it goes back up in the low eighties
for Sunday and Monday. That's better than the low nineties.  
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
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.....2012 Troutfest Journal article:
"Smoky Mountain Trout Flies"