09/04/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little and Eastern BWOs)
2.    Little Yellow Quills
3.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
4.    Slate Drakes
5.    Needle Stoneflies
6.    Mahogany Duns

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

Better Late Than Never
A very late change in plans for this past holiday weekend caught me completely off guard. Except
for the last of 2007 and first part of 2008, of the 1588 articles I have written for this site, all but
about a dozen have been published in a day to day consecutive order.  I normally write the articles
for this website during the early morning of the day they are posted but if not, I usually have a few
articles in the can for the times we are out of town.

Due to the relatively recent rapid growth in our Perfect Fly business, it's rare we both can get away
for over two days at a time. We ship all orders received before 2:00 PM on regular business days
the same day they are received. Waisting three days of off time (days we don't ship) staying at
home wasn't an option, so I either had to take the time to write three articles in advance to publish
using our remote PC software, or not have any articles for the weekend. That would have delayed
our fast trip out of town to the point we would arrived at our destination very late in the night. Angie
and I both wanted to get away to relax for a change. Even though I knew not having the normal
daily articles could cause some of my loyal readers to go into a deep depression and possibly
even have suicidal thoughts, I chose to put my personal desires first.

I take the time to write the articles, which probably averages about thirty minutes a day or more,
because I enjoy writing them. After all, the Smokies is where we chose to live. Unlike most people,
for the past thirty-two years, I've been able to make a good living from just about anywhere I
desired to live. For the first twenty of those years, I lived on the coast of Florida. Angie is from
Florida.

For the first three years of our marriage in early 2000, we lived on Panama City Beach. We started
fly fishing two years prior to that while we were still dating. Twenty plus years of fighting heavy seas
and big fish either on-camera, or in tournaments, made fly fishing for trout make me feel like I had
died and gone to heaven.

At a previous Troutfest event, in front of Mr. Steve Moore, Supervisory Fisheries Biologist for the
park, I was asked by a visitor at my booth why I moved from Florida to the Smokies. Before I could
come up with a good answer, Mr. Moore answered the question for me. He said "he just came up
here and fell in love with the Smokies". Even though I have been visiting the park since I was a
small child, I couldn't possibly have come up with a better answer. In 2002, we moved about a block
from the park in Gatlinburg. After making our minds up to stay for awhile, for the past seven years
we have lived in Pigeon Forge.  

From about 2000 to 2009, Angie and I were traveling well over 200 days of the year, fly fishing
trout streams from coast to coast. After moving, when we were home, we fished in the park. We
were producing our fly fishing DVD, studying the food the trout eat, and living what many would
consider a dream type of life. Instead of leaving better than well enough alone, I choose to start
another fishing business venture, involving flies and fly fishing gear including most recently, fly
rods. Actually, I also enjoy the business end of it although I must admit, it has turned into far more
work than I anticipated. The Perfect Fly company has grown much faster than I thought and some
assistance will be coming soon, I hope.

Anyway, I'm sorry for the lack of articles for the past few days. Tomorrow, I will try to get current on
the fly fishing conditions in the park and write another strategy article for the forthcoming week.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh