06/24/12

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 (Little Summer Stones)
6.    Sulphurs
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)
12.  Beetles
13.  Grasshoppers
14.  Ants


The Recent Rain Did Help Some
A few areas inside the park got some rain night before last and as I expected, gave a good
dose of needed water to some of the streams, especially the Little Pigeon River. Little River
had a small bounce in the stream level from it, but it wasn't enough to do it very much good.
It's about the lowest stream in the park at this time.

When I got up this morning, the first thing I noticed was the tropical storm that had formed in
the Gulf of Mexico. I thought maybe that would end up benefiting the streams of the park by
moving inshore and bringing in some rain. However, from looking at the long range forecast
that isn't going to happen. It's going to be dry for the next week according to the forecast. It
shows a few days with a 20% chance of rain but some days rain isn't mentioned at all. I hope
they are wrong but that's not very likely.

Don't take this wrong. The streams are not in bad shape at all. In fact, I like them at the
levels they are. It's just that's it's the very beginning of Summer with little rain in the forecast
and that tends to get me thinking about what can happen. I should be more positive. It has
rained enough in Pigeon Forge that my grass needs cutting again.

Yellowstone Country
Yellowstone Country has been having just the opposite problem, however, things are
changing fast and a much larger area of the park is getting into good shape. So far, the only
area in fishable condition has been the Madison drainage. That's expanding and if not
already, should very soon be including some other streams such as the Gardner. It will be a
few days longer for the northeast corner to come into shape but if your planning a
Yellowstone trip, you can get with it without much concern about the weather and stream
conditions. Before you know it, complaints (or excuses, whichever best describes them) will
change to gripes about low, warm water.

The big Salmonflies will be coming up the Madison River about as fast as you can ride a
horse from Ennis to Hebgen Lake..
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
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