07/07/12

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

Update On The Conditions
It is going to be hot again today with temps reaching a predicted 96 in Gatlinburg. Tomorrow
will be about the same but a welcome change is coming next week. The highs are predicted
to be in the mid 80's all week. There's a very decent chance of rain ranging from 30 to 60
percent most every day next week. That should keep the water levels in good shape and the
fishing conditions should remain excellent.

Eastern Blue-winged Olives - Nymphs
Yes, they are crawlers and crawlers normally don't live in fast water but they do live in the
slow to moderate sections of fast, pocket water streams like the typical stream in Great
Smoky Mountains National Park. They are more common in the moderate to low gradient
areas of the streams in the Smokies. These nymphs stay down between the rocks on the
bottom but they are exposed to the trout much more than the clinger nymphs.














The crawler nymphs are poor swimmers but they do swim. When they mature to the point  
they are ready to emerge, they migrate by crawling and swimming from the faster to slower
moving water of the stream. Usually this is only a few feet.

Fishing an imitation of these nymphs is a good idea because near the time they hatch, there
are few large crawler nymphs left in the water. Most all of the crawlers have already hatched.
Also, there are not near as many clinger nymphs left in the streams because most of them
have already hatched. The newly born nymphs from all the spring hatches are tiny, so the
Drunella nymphs are one of the most prevalent nymphs in the water at that time of the year.
Most of the other full grown nymphs are swimmers and most of them are also Blue-winged
Olives.

Drunella nymphs are best imitated by fishing the riffles and pocket water before they begin
emerging or during non-hatch times. They should be weighted and fished in a dead drift right
on the bottom. Use the "high stickin" method of presentation that I have previously covered.

On the days following days that you have found them hatching, in the mornings just prior to
the duns emerging, try fishing the nymph from the fast water areas into the slow to moderate
moving water such as pockets behind boulders and along the edges of the stream. The ends
of long runs may also produce.

If the water is fairly shallow, and it usually is during the Summer, you will need to make much
longer cast than usual to prevent spooking the trout. I would still make an upstream or up
and across presentation.

These nymphs emerge into duns anywhere from the bottom to the surface, not in the surface
skim like most other species of mayflies. So fishing an imitation of the nymph even when the
big Olives are hatching isn't a bad idea.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
The nymphs are fairly easy to identify.
They look like they have been on
steroids and working out their upper
legs. When you approach them, they
act much like crawfish, backing up but
ready to attack. Note that they do not
remotely resemble the slim, swimming
nymphs of the Blue-winged Olives you
are probably more familiar with. My
normal phase is that a crawler looks as
much like a swimmer as a deer looks
like buffalo.