Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. Little BWOs
2. Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3. Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4. Light Cahills
5. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
7. Slate Drakes
8. Golden Stoneflies
9. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
10. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
11. Inch Worm (moth larva)
Some Rain Fell Last Night
There was some rain that fell in the park last night. Looking at the precipitation map, it
appears most of the park got about a tenth of an inch, or just enough to cool things off good.
Some areas got between a tenth and a quarter of an inch. A few small areas received up to
a half inch and some, mostly on the North Carolina side got zero.
A thunderstorm woke me up last night and according to the map, it dropped between a half
to an inch of rain in one area of Pigeon Forge that should include us. This is the type of
thing (isolated thunderstorms) that is going to continue for the next few days. Lightning was
bad for about thirty minutes last night and as I lay in bed, I thought about the campers in the
remove campsite with small tents. I use to enjoy being in a tent when it was raining but I've
never been fond of lightning.
I hope this continues for a while to help keep the water levels from dropping much lower.
New "Perfect Fly" Cricket Fly
After rejecting about ten different new flies our Perfect Fly tiers came up with, I finally got one
I thought was very realistic, yet would be durable enough to put on the market. As with most
of our flies, we just call it what it is intended to imitate, in this case a cricket. It is made
mostly of closed-cell foam and floats very well. The front four legs and antennae are made of
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
One of the many ladies that tie our
flies came up with this one mostly from
this picture of a cricket. They all have
amazing fly tying talent.
This fly is available in hook sizes 8, 10, 12 and 14. The larger sizes are for trout and the
smaller sizes for bream and panfish. I can remember fishing live crickets on my fly rod as a kid.
In the early 1950's, a company came up with a rubber version of the cricket. I'm not sure which
company it was. I can remember finding them in the local Western Auto store and purchasing
some. They didn't work any better on the local farm ponds for bass and bream than the live
ones but you didn't constantly have to put live ones on a hook. You didn't have to spend a lot
of time catching them. All the bait shops around Guntersville Lake sold them but I didn't always
have the money. They probably cost a penny each. If you didn't allow the backcast to
completely straighten out, you ended up with a bare hook and a wasted live cricket. You could
fish all day long with the rubber ones. They may have actually been plastic of some type. I do
remember that we called them rubber crickets. They were fairly realistic.