06/29/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Eastern)
2.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Cream Cahills
5.    Little Yellow Stoneflies (Little Summer Stones)
6.    Sulphurs
7.    Slate Drakes
8.    Little Green Stoneflies

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

Wow! Weather
Yesterday, when Angie was coming in the house from getting a little sun, I advised her to get
what she needed and added "because it is going to a hundred degrees in some places
tomorrow". She said that she heard it was going to a 106. I laughed out loud at her and said
"where, Death Valley". When she gets up this morning, I think I better apologise. Probably
everyone reading this was more aware of the heat situation than I, but here's the local
situation.

The high today for Gatlinburg is predicted to be 100. The high in Knoxville is predicted to be
106. Looking at the weather map, it appears that's about normal for much of the entire
United States.

The weather map across the U. S. today is just unreal. I cannot remember seeing such high
temperatures over that widespread of an area although there probably has been other times
this situation occurred. Other than New England, just about the coolest prediction shown on
the national weather map is the northern Gulf Coast. If you want to stay cool, head for the
beach. It will only be in the high eighties on the beaches of the Panhandle of Florida..

From a trout survival standpoint, what's a little more worrisome is the fact the nightly lows for
Gatlinburg and Cherokee are predicted to be around 70 -72 degrees. That means the water
isn't going to get any relief from cooler nighttime temperatures. That's not good. Seventy
degree water isn't good. Seventy-two degree water over any length of time is bad.

If your fish in the park today, I suggest you fish only above 3000 feet elevation.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh