08/17/12

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

Just How Much Is It Going To Rain?
It's always good to see the National Weather Service and Accuweather agree on the forecast. It
tells me that I can expect their information to be a little more accurate than when they totally
disagree. What I want to know, and if your fishing in the park Saturday, what you would probably
also like to know is, just how much is it going to rain?

The NWS won't tell you what they think, or at least I don't know where to find it, but Accuweather
will. For Gatlinburg, they predict about a third of an inch this afternoon and enough tonight to add
up to a half inch. That sound just right. That's just what I would like for it to be. The only "if" to it is
that's probably not going to be the situation. My guess is some areas will get a lot of water and
some won't.

First thing in the morning, I'm going to look at the
precipitation map. Just type Great Smoky
Mountains in the "go to location" box. The rain should have ended and that will give me a good
idea of which streams were affected by the thunderstorms as well as a good idea as to just how
much they were affected. If you fishing the park tomorrow, I suggest you do the same thing.

Looking at a map beats driving for a long time to discover the unsatisfactory stream conditions.
This could prevent you from driving to a destination in the park and having to change you plans
and head somewhere else due to high, heavily stained water. It could also prevent you from having
to fish a stream that's at a low level. For example, if Little River gets about a third of an inch, my
guess it's a good choice. It's low now and that would help it. On the other hand, if it's watershed
area shows an average of about 2 inches of rainfall, I wouldn't want to choose Little River to fish
Saturday.

This afternoon we can expect showers and thunderstorms with a high near 82. The chance of
precipitation is 80% on one site and 60% on the other. I'll bet it rains. They predict showers and
thunderstorms for tonight with a low of 65. The chance of precipitation for Saturday on one site is
40 percent but that's mostly before 9am. The high for Saturday should be around 81 which is as
far as I'm concerned, absolutely great.


Little Yellow Quill - Emergers
These mayflies discard their shucks below the surface of the water prior to emerging in the surface
skim. Once they come out of their nymphal shucks, they quickly fly away.

Most hatches occur in the late Summer and Fall. Depending on the particular species, they may
begin to hatch when the water is rather warm, and they don't waste any time drying their wings to
fly away. That is when our imitation of the emerger works better than the dun.

Some hatches may occur later in the Fall when the water is cooler. These mayflies tend to hang in
the surface skim longer and the emergers, standard and trailing shuck versions, work great during
that time.

Remember, there are several species that are almost identical and they hatch times will vary
depending on the species as well as the location in the park.

Our Little Yellow Quill Emerger should be fished in the surface skim  Unless the water is slow
moving and extremely clear where they are emerging, we suggest an up and across presentation.
Otherwise, a down stream presentation would usually be required.

You will want to use a long, light leader and tippet. If the water is real low, you may want to go to a
six or even seven X tippet. Floatants should not be applied to the fly. It will destroy the floating
characteristics of the CDC  feathers. If you apply it to the biot, the fly will float on its side.
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