Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Slate Drakes
4. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Different species of fish and different sizes of those fish mean different things to different anglers.
Different types of trout management (wild, native and stocked) means different things to different
people. Different sizes of trout means different things to different anglers. Most all of us prefer to
catch the larger ones but not if it means sacrificing lots of action. Most anglers are not interested in
spending long hours trying to get the opportunity to catch a big trout. Even if the trout are small,
they much rather be getting plenty of action. Some anglers are just the opposite of that and if they
are not occasionally catching some rather big trout, they are not happy. They favorite saying goes
something like "I had rather catch one of this size than fifty of those small ones".
I can remember my grandson not being shy about letting me know exactly what kind of trout he
wanted to catch. I think his dad ruined him letting him catch big cat fish from ponds where they fed
them enough to grow quite large. Hooking one was very easy. It is all about getting them to the
bank. When he was as young as six or less, he would tell me point blank that he wanted to catch
some "big" fish. I heard that so much that we finally took him offshore fishing in the Gulf of Mexico
where he caught some fairly big amberjack and some very large red snapper. He was about 12
years old at that particular time. Before that day was over, I was kidding him by yelling at him to get
the fish in the boat faster than he was able to do. He was one tired kid before we headed back
inshore. It took him one complete day before he started wanting to catch big fish again, even
though he was sore all over from fighting fish. I think that's the first time he discovered that
catching big fish can actually be work.
Sure, I told him about the native brook trout and how they compared to the stream-bred wild
rainbows and brown trout. I explained to him the difference in both the native and wild trout and
stocked trout that were raised in a hatchery. I explained it to the point it probably bored him but in
his final analysis of it, none of it came close to outweighing the importance of catching "big" fish. .
When I took him to catch his first ever brook trout to one of the small headwater streams in the
Smokies, he was happy for about two days and then the kid in him begin to clearly show. He soon
didn't seem to care if he was catching native trout or not. He just wanted to catch bigger fish. I
reverted to smallmouth bass fishing because at his young age, the odds of catching a big brown
during the hot summer on a fly in the park were pretty slim. You see there was a catch to his
catching big fish. He wanted to catch them every few minutes at the least. The fun didn't seem to
last very long for him unless there was a lot of action and the fish were big..
Some grown men are much happier catching a lot of stocked trout than they are catching a few
wild trout. Some will show a picture of a large stocked trout from one stream only to have another
angler show him a picture of another larger trout from a "trophy" trout stream. In case I lost you,
that's a stream not only stocked but also where the trout are fed frequently to grow large.
When it comes to what many anglers consider to be of utmost importance, others may care less
about. Some pay little attention to the setting. They would be happy fishing a sewage treatment
plant if the trout grew to large sizes.
Others pay a lot of attention to the setting. They much rather just be able to listen to the flow of the
water in an undisturbed section of the outdoors away from other anglers than to be hooking and
landing trout along a busy road with beer cans strewed along the banks.. If they catch a few trout,
it only serves to add to the pleasure of being outdoors.
When it gets right down to it, what is really important is a matter of the type of pleasure and fun the
particular person wants. It doesn't really matter what kind of trout or size of trout, If you take the
pleasure and fun out of fly fishing for anyone, they won't continue to do it very long.
My wife is an angler that's quite different from most. Angie gets bored fairly quickly when she is
able to catch a lot of trout in a short time, especially if they are smaller than the average size. I
usually enjoy it far longer than she does. There has been many different occasions where we have
actually moved to another location simply because we were catching a lot of small trout very easily.
It may be small brook trout in a Western stream that has become overpopulated with them or it may
be a remote headwater stream where the little cutthroat trout will eat anything that resembles a fly.
We have stopped catching small rainbows and brook trout in the park many, many times when we
were catching lots of trout.
We have fished the delayed harvest section of the Tuckaseegee River two or three times only for
an hour or two when we had the entire day to fish, simply because we were catching a trout about
every other cast. We have moved from that particular stream even when we were catching fairly
large trout. We usually end up fishing the Oconaluftee River in the park on our way back home
where the trout aren't that easy to catch.
When there is no challenge in fishing, it doesn't take long for those that fish fairly often to become
bored with it
Copyright 2012 James Marsh