Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
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)
Be sure to check out Laura's reports on fly fishing the Smokies. She reveals the true value of fly
fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains - much better than most writers - much better than I can.
Great Fall Fishing Ahead
Fall (autumn) is my favorite time of the year for fly fishing the Smokies. In most areas of the nation,
autumn gets anglers in a rush or hurry up mode to want to get in all the fishing they can before the
weather turns too cold or the season ends. That's not the case in the Smokies. Fall provides
excellent fishing conditions and although this isn't about fishing during the winter months, it should
be noted that most days during the coldest season in the Smokies still provides great fly fishing
opportunities. This is the big difference in fly fishing the Smokies and fly fishing most any
other part of the country. You can fish year-round.
Normally there's not much rain and only a little snow during the Fall season Temperatures can
range from hot in the early Fall, maybe even going up into the low nineties some days, to cold
during the middle and later part of Fall. It can dip down into the teens and twenties, but that's not
common in the lower elevations. In the high elevations, snow will usually begin to fall during
passing strong cold fronts in October.
The water is usually low and flowing slow and clear. Normally, Fall brings about the lowest water
levels of the year. With low sun levels (relative to the horizon) your shadow can spook trout for a
few yards. It is often best to use long leaders and light tippets…..
The water temperatures will vary from warm to cold just like the air temps. I read one fly shop
report recently where they advised using nymphs until the water warms up during the day. That's
good advise in general, but not because of water temperatures. That advise is stupid in that
respect. The very lowest water temperatures we are having at the present time are excellent. Some
guys need to get out of the their fly shops and on the water and learn a few basics before handing
out advise. Water temperatures are currently excellent from daylight to dark.
Early Fall can have air temps in the nineties and mid to late fall can have freezing weather. This
means the water temps can vary from the high 60's and even low 70's in the low elevations to the
low forties, even high thirties in the late Fall. Melting snow can make the water cold in the lower
elevation even when the air temps are warm. A thermometer is a must on many days.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Angie with a early Fall Little Pigeon
River Brook Trout
Yours Truly at Deep Creek during