07/24/12

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

Fly Fishing Strategy Articles
I mentioned a few days ago that after completing a year of strategy articles, I didn't know if I
would continue them or not. I also mentioned that the weather during the first few months of
the 2012 year was so different from normal that I didn't think the series turned out to be of
very much use for future reference. I have thought about it, received some email regarding
stopping the series, and decided to continue it but on a different basis.

One main consideration is time. As mentioned in the last couple of articles, I'm between rock
and a hard place on time and the situation, self inflicted, just seems to get worse. I write
articles on this website because we live in the Smoky Mountains and I enjoy writing about the
fishing.
Where else in the nation can you fish year-round for trout, and as a matter
of fact, catch wild trout (even on a dry fly) every month of the year?

In so far as to just how the work I put into this website affects my wife's Perfect Fly business,
it's difficult to judge. We probably don't get any more business from anglers fishing the
Smokies than we do any decent trout fishing area in the nation. Naturally, we get a lot more
business from the most populated states that have trout waters. In other words, from a
business standpoint, the time I put into the Smoky website daily articles would be better
spent doing other things. I've always known that but as usual, I end up doing what I want to
do regardless of the wisdom behind it. I don't see any reason to change that in my late 60's.

I will continue the fly fishing strategy articles each week but on a different basis. It occurred
to me that it would be interesting to compare what I suggest each week for strategies with
what I suggested for the past twelve months. It may give a much better picture of the overall
way I think anglers should go about deciding when, where and how to fish.

Keep in mind, it's really not feasible to plan a firm strategy for an entire week.
Conditions
change to often for any strategy to be very hard core
. Like any plan, a planned
strategy should always be subject to change.
A planned strategy just forms a basis for
something to change. In reality, the strategy may need changing within an hour or less time
frame.

Just for example, if the weather forecast calls for clear skies, yet it rains hard for a couple of
hours and drops an inch or two of precipitation, stains the water and increases the flow
substantially, it may not be wise to fish a hook size 20 BWO dun. One characteristic of any
good angler is the ability and wisdom to change tactics when conditions change.
I'm not
referring to making trial and error type changes
. That's stupid. I mean making changes
in strategy that's based on changes in fishing conditions.

Tomorrow:
I will post last year's strategy for this same week and discuss the differences for the coming
week. In spite of what I should and shouldn't do, I did get out yesterday afternoon late in the
day and I did fish for a short time. I checked the water and insects at several locations and
caught three trout without even getting in the water.   
Copyright 2012 James Marsh