10/30/12

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




First Snow of the Season Did Come Yesterday
I mentioned in yesterday's article that we may already have snow in the higher elevations and
according to the park weather stations, we did. At the time I wrote yesterdays report, the amounts
hadn't been recorded. Normally, we can see Mt. LeConte clearly but yesterday we were socked in
(solid clouds) all day. Mt. LeConte had 7 inches and Newfound Gap 5 inches according to this
report. I expect this morning's report to show much more so
check it to see for yourself.

I failed to get some pictures of Mr. Porters trip on Forney Creek posted yesterday, so I'll do that
now. The
images are all thumbnails - click to enlarge them.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
Above top left - brown trout, center
rainbow and right top a small brookie
that was lost in the lower section of
Forney Creek.  Derek says his buddy
David McKinney is sneaking up on
the trout in the image on your left. All I
can say is that is doing a very good
job of staying hidden. A good shot of
Forney Creek is on your right. Images
are compliments of Derek Porter. By
the way, the flies shown are Perfect
Fly Blue-winged Olive duns.
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Fly To Use - Coming Week:
I'm delaying writing the weekly strategy article until I see the final effects of the predicted rain and
snow fall that occurs today and tonight. There's also a smaller chance of more on Wednesday but
I think the most precipitation will come earlier than that. The National Weather Service currently
show a possible accumulation of up to one to two inches of snow in Gatlinburg today and tonight.

At 5:00 AM this morning it was snowing in Pigeon Forge. The yard was white. At 7:45 it is raining
rather hard and the snow is gone. I think Mt. LeConte may get over a foot and a half.

There is one thing for certain. The sudden resulting change in water temperature will slow the
trout's feeding activity down for a few hours because of the rapid change. Remember, the trout's
blood temperature changes at about the same rate and number of degrees as the water changes.
They will quickly adjust to the lower water temperature but it will require a change in fishing
strategies to catch them..

Provided the water levels remain in fairly good shape, the colder weather and subsequent lower
water temperature will actually benefit the spawning brown and brook trout.