08/13/12

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

Stream, Weather Conditions and an upcoming Sore Mouth Problem For
the Trout
When you think about all of the hot weather we had during the month of July, especially if you
compare it to most other areas of the nation, the weather in the Great Smoky Mountains area for
the first part of August has been excellent. Looking at the National Weather Service forecast for
the next week, it's obvious they think it is going to continue to be excellent. Don't forget, this is the
month of August. These are suppose to be the dog days, right? Well, I'm not exactly sure what
that's should mean but if it means lousy weather and/or lousy fishing conditions, then the dog days
of August isn't an accurate description of the Smokies.

Today's high for Gatlinburg is predicted to only be 83 degrees. I call that super excellent. That isn't
going to be accompanied with high winds. They are only going to reach a maximum of around 5
mph. You don't need a fly rod. You can just coil up your fly line and cast by hand. I'm mean, what
do you want for weather in August?

Tonight, there's a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Excellent. The low is going to
be around 66. Superb. Oh, I forgot that some of you want it to be where you can cast a fly
designed to catch trout 50 years ago; splash the water with your fly line; let it drag a foot or two
with a wake; mend it with another splash; and still fool a trout in high, fast flowing water. In other
words, some would prefer it was as easy as easy can be. Some want it so easy that you can catch
a trout on an Elk Hair Caddis, right? By the way, Al Troth recently died and I certainly mean no
disrespect for him. He created a great fly years ago when about all western anglers had to use
they had to be able to easily acquire and that was local material like elk hair. They could kill one
bull elk and tie flies for months. We sell them for $.79 each, in all colors on
our Perfect Fly website
and that's delivered to your front door free. They are better than those tied in Malaysia that the fly
shops sell for more than double that price. You can get a box full of Parachute Adams at the same
price. They also work when the trout can't see the fly well,
whenever Adams are hatching.  We even have
those Yellow stoneflies that imitated insects that stopped hatching a few weeks ago. They, along
with Little Yellow Quill mayflies will resume hatching in the near future.

Anyway, if you are waiting for those "blind squirrel" conditions in the park, then you may have a
shot at catching trout Tuesday. There's a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. The
high will only reach 84 at the Gatlinburg elevation. Wednesday will again be mostly sunny, with
another high near 84. Wednesday Night it is turning COLD. The low will be around 61.Thursday, it
will be sunny again with a high near 87. Friday, there's another 40 percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms. It will cool off again with a high near 83 and another blind squirrel opportunity will
return. Saturday, there's a strong cold front approaching. The high will only reach 78. Bring you
long handle underwear. If you go for brook trout, bring your down jacket. Well, that's the James
Marsh weather outlook, stretched just a tad.

In summary, I'll put it this way. If your waiting on good weather to fish the Smokies, your backing up,

There's a major problem you may have it you wait another week or two. It's called
competition. I'll be writing about it soon. You see, my young fishing buddy
made it through his
third overseas tour of duty in both the Marines and Army, protecting not only our fly
fishing opportunities, but the lives of our families and friends.  

Chris will be here
ready to wear this old man out and I can't wait, He's back from Afganistan and
all I can say is there's going to be a lot of trout with a sore mouth. Although we have a lot of big
plans, we will trick the trout in the park at least one day during the two weekends he will be here.
We may even hook a steelhead or two before he heads to Alaska next Spring. We will for certain
make the mouth's of some of the huge trout in the local tailwaters so sore the North Carolina and
Tennessee fishery managers will need to consider changing the regulations to barbless hooks
only.  

I take that back. I don't buy that regulation hook, line and sinker like some do. All I can say (write)
for sure is that no one is more ready to hook some trout than my friend Chris and I can assure you,
he won't have any trouble doing it. Well, I take that back. There is something else I can write. I
don't know of anyone that deserves the opportunity to fish any more than he does. Welcome home
Chris and thank you for the service you have given our country.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh