07/10/12

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

Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Fly To Use - Part 51

I can't believe that this is Fly Fishing Strategy # 51. That means the next one will be the final
one for a complete year of these articles. It just doesn't seem like it has been almost a year
since I started the series.

I originally had planned on the series for a year being fairly typical of what to expect during a
full year of fishing the Smokies or something of value for other years to come but that hasn't
turned out to be the case at all. The past four or five months have been very unusual. We
have experienced much warmer temperatures on the average than normal. The resulting
water temperatures have been much warmer than usual for any particular point in time for
the past few months. That caused the emergence of all aquatic insects to occur far ahead of
their normal schedule. Terrestrial insects were developed into adults much faster than
normal. The overall results is the strategies I have provided for the past few months will
probably vary considerably from what would be normal.

The more I think about it, and I'm thinking about it as I write this, (pretty current huh?) the
more I think that wouldn't work for any year. After writing about what's normal, it occurred to
me that on the average, there isn't anything normal about the weather in the Smokies and
there isn't anything nothing normal about the streams. The word different probably describes
everything relating to fishing much more appropriately. There's not much normal about
fishing. In fact, I think that's one of the things that makes it interesting and certainly,
challenging. Your trying to solve a different puzzle every day and in reality, every few
minutes, every time the sky conditions change, every time you change locations, etc, etc.
Things are constantly changing.

Weather and Stream Conditions:
The current and outlook for weather and stream conditions remain excellent. Depending on
exactly when you read this (and just mentioning change) please be advised the weather and
stream condition both are subject to change any time now. There's a 60% or better chance
for thunderstorms and rain today. They will remain fairly high and gradually decreasing
through this coming weekend. The weather is going to be much cooler and the water
temperatures in the mid and lower elevations of the park should be much better for the trout
than they have been the past few weeks.

Sorry for the late article. I guess early morning lightning affected the Internet service.
Whatever the problem, I lost service for a couple of hours. I had to leave before it was back
on for an appointment. I will continue the strategy article tomorrow.  
Copyright 2012 James Marsh