Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2. Little Yellow Quills
3. Needle Stoneflies
Most available/ Other types of food:
4. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Changing Weather and Changing Strategies
My last fly fishing strategy article, one of a series that covers a one week period of time that relies on the
National Weather Service's long range forecast, called for the weather remaining clear and sunny through
today. I checked the forecast this morning because like many others, I'll be on the road again. It clearly shows
a fast moving cold front is going to change the beautiful weather folks in the Smokies have been enjoying.
There's a 90 percent chance of rain that should begin on the Tennessee side of the Smokies around 10:00
AM this morning.
From a fishing standpoint, that's probably going to be a good thing, but for those who have today off from
work and especially those that will be traveling, it won't be such a good thing. Once this front passes, things
will become a little cooler than it has been for the past few days.
As far as the fly fishing conditions go, it will still be warm today. Everything should remain great as long as the
south wind doesn't get to strong. It will send a billion leaves to the ground and that probably won't be so well
accepted by those that attempt to fish in the park today. Winds may gust to as high as 30 mph. Tomorrow, it
should again be sunny, but with a high that will struggle to reach 52.
I will continue with another strategy article tomorrow, hopefully armed with a little stream level knowledge and
great ideas as to how to approach the coming week's challenges.
Fly Fishing DVD - Part 2
As mentioned in my article of day before yesterday, in addition to our normal articles for the next six weeks or
so, I will be writing about the production of our nineteen fly fishing DVD programs. I'm doing this not so much
from a video content standpoint, but to reminisce about some of our experiences, adventures, difficulties and
any and everything else that may cross my mind.
Back in 1998, at the time Angie and I first started fly fishing for trout, fly fishing on camera was certainly
nothing new to me. I produced and was host of over 250 syndicated television fishing shows back in the early
1980's. Several of those featured fly fishing but they consisted mostly of bass, panfish and a few saltwater fly
In the late 1980's and early 1990's, I was the host of 46 instructional fishing videos, produced mostly on
saltwater fishing. I did a few freshwater videos during that period of time. One of those freshwater programs
distributed by Bennett Media Group features freshwater fishing and still sells to the tune of over 200 copies a
month. It has been doing that or better now for several years. That program, now on DVD, is carried by in
some major outdoor chain stores.
Most of the fly fishing done in that time span covering instructional video productions was for saltwater
species. The only exception I can remember was two trips to Alaska that I did on fly fishing for trout and
grayling. In other words, I had used the fly rod from a very early age as a kid, fishing lakes and farm ponds
and on numerous occasions throughout most of my life producing TV shows and instructional videos. Back
to 1998 and our first fly fishing for trout trip to the Smokies, I didn't have to give any thought to
whether or not I would be fishing on-camera or not. I hadn't fished for anything in over 18 years
prior to that without it being captured on camera and I wasn't about to change anything.
So, off Angie and I went to the Smokies to do a little fly fishing for trout and of course, along with us was my
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