07/12/12

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

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

Rain, Rain and More Rain and That's Good

I don't think we will have to worry about low water conditions very much in the near future.
The local news and National Weather Service precipitation map shows we have received
around 4 or 5 inches in most areas including the park during the last two days. It is raining
now in Pigeon Forge and the forecast says it will continue for a while.

At the current time the Little River is flowing at 251cfs and headed down. I can't quite figure
out why it's headed down. I have an idea that may change again soon. That's still a good
level. While the river may be off color just outside of the park, it isn't about 15 miles upstream
from there which should be about the closest point from there that you should be fishing for
trout. It's unlikely the water is off color near Elkmont and if so, it will quickly clear up.

I haven't looked at the Little Pigeon River this morning. I'm guessing it is high because the
rainfall amounts have been high in its area of drainage. There's not a USGS station on the
stream near the park.

The Oconaluftee River is still showing a good rate of flow at 308 cfs. Cataloochee Creek
appears in good shape at the time. All of this is very subject to change, depending on just
what areas receive heavy rainfall amounts.


KISS A Bug Series - Eastern Blue-winged Olive Spinners

I left off covering these mayflies prior to mentioning the spinners, so I will continue. Spinners
of the
Drunella genus usually mate and fall at night. One exception is the lata species that
may fall late in the day. Spinners are a darker color with clear wings. Unlike the
baetis
species of blue-winged olive spinners, these usually fall over riffles and pocket water rather
than calmer water. Most anglers don't place much importance on the spinner fall. It is not
near the event the
baetis species creates because the spinner fall is normally not nearly as
dense. We have not seen a spinner fall in the Smokies although we have found some
spinners during the day. I assume they fall at night.

I have probably read about everything printed about them but I cannot substantiate any of it
from experience in the Smokies. We have found some rather heavy spinner falls in the early
part of the year that took place in Penn's Creek but that's a completely different type
of stream. I have never seen a spinner fall of these mayflies during September and assume
they occur at night. According to what I have read, spinner falls of the
lata species are
suppose to occur during the late afternoon hours. Most of the species we have found in the
Smokies were
lata species. Several species of this mayfly have been recently re-classified by
the entomologist and I expect there may be some errors in what has been previously been
written.

By the way, the duns and spinners are easy to identify. They are the only Blue-winged Olives
that have three tails and a large hind wing. There are not any other mayflies hatching during
the same time period that resembles the Eastern Blue-winged Olives.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh