10/23/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
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)
6.    Craneflies
7.    Beetles
8.    Grasshoppers
9.    Ants







Fly Fishing Strategies - What Fly To Use - Part One
From a weather standpoint, assuming the forecast turns out right, the coming seven days looks
more like a week during late April or early May than the last week of October. You would have to
keep your eyes closed to think so though, otherwise, the beautiful autumn colors would instantly
clue you in on the season. The event has been going on for a couple of weeks in the higher and
middle elevations but this past weekend, the leaves in the lower elevations of the park finished
their peak performance of the year.

The beauty of the foliage certainly wasn't a very well kelp secrete. Judging from the number of
visitors, you would think Pigeon Forge tel marketers must have made personal phone calls to
everyone in the United States and as well as many foreign countries to tell them about it. I have
never seen as many cars in the park as I did this past Friday, Saturday and Sunday. At times traffic
was not only backed up from the park entrance at Sugarland through Gatlinburg as usual but from
the Gatlinburg bypass back for almost the entire five-mile length of the Spur.

Sunny is the key word for the weather again tomorrow with a high in Gatlinburg predicted to reach
76. The low tonight should be around 46, or just a little warmer than it has been recently.
Wednesday's high should reach near 77 degrees with continued high pressure and bright blue
bird skies prevailing. Thursday should continue to be sunny with a high reaching near 78. The low
for Thursday night will only drop to about 51 degrees.  

The next three days should bring about an increase in the average water temperatures throughout
the park. Although that sounds good, from an aquatic insect and trout perspective, it isn't good. It
will slow down the few forth coming hatches and delay the spawn period of both the brook trout and
brown trout.

Things will start to change back to normal by Friday  The high temperature will drop some but only
down to 74 degrees. An approaching front will bring a slight chance of rain by Friday night. There's
a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms for Saturday.

I'm willing to bet that's increased because they always seem to do that when a new front
approaches. The high temperature predicted will only be 67, or more like normal. Sunday should
be mostly cloudy with a high near 57.

I think the warmer water temperatures will have some effect on the spawning brown trout. Hopefully
it will only delay it, rather than have any adverse effect on it. The water levels are already low and
the lack of rain isn't exactly good for the spawn. Hopefully, we will get an inch or two of rain over
the weekend. I'm already having second thoughts about writing that. Getting too much rain during
the spawn would be far worse. Isn't it a good thing man can't control the weather?

Continued tomorrow
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