08/08/12

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

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

A Weird Looking Precipitation Map/ I'm Cutting Back On My Caviar
If I think it rained anywhere near the Smokies, one of the first things I do each morning is look at
the
National Weather Service Precipitation map. Just enter "great smoky mountains" in the "go to"
prompt area and you will see a weird looking map. Early this morning, the map is showing rainfall
amounts that vary much more than they normally do within the area. The map shows zero
precipitation in some small areas yet up to two inches or more in other nearby areas. The weird
thing is the close proximity of heavy rainfall amounts to low rainfall amounts. If you are a farmer in
the area, your crops could be burning up or under water. In this respect, the map is a better
indicator of actual rainfall amounts that measurements taken at specific locations in the area. Of
course the map varies with time and the setting you have it on.

The other weird thing about the rainfall amounts is most of it occurred in the valley and foothill
areas. The higher elevations and thick forest of the mountains got less rain than the more open  
areas of the valleys. That isn't exactly unusual but at the same time, it certainly isn't normal. I
noticed yesterday afternoon that Little Pigeon River is high and dingy in Pigeon Forge area but not
in the park. From looking at the precipitation map, it is obvious the same thing is true of Little River
as well as all the drainages on the North Carolina side of the park.

The meteorologist that prepared the forecast for the coming week must be planning a vacation in
the Smokies. It is showing high temperatures for the day in the mid to low eighties and in the mid to
low sixties for the nights. I think I'm going to sleep out on the front porch for the rest of the week. As
one hillbilly in the post office put it yesterday, "It don't get no better than this".

It is so nice around here, I'm beginning to feel bad about writing about it. That's not the
case with most of the nation.
The news is jam packed with articles such as this one.

Check this side show of the lower Mississippi River area out.
Make sure you finish your Gumbo first.

37,000 sturgeon worth $10 million were found dead along a 42-mile stretch of the Des Moines
River last month. Angie and I may have to cut back on our caviar this year. It
is so bad it has started to
make me fib.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh