11/17/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2.    Little Yellow Quills
3.    Needle Stoneflies

Most available/ Other types of food:
4.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
5.    Craneflies

















Fly Fishing DVD - Part 5
Just as soon as we finished "Fly Fishing Eastern Freestone Streams - Catching the Grand Slam", Ian and I
were both well aware that there were several basic things to do with fly fishing the small streams that we didn't
cover in the Grand Slam program. Although most of the wild and native trout in the East are relatively small,
probably averaging around six to twelve inches in the case of rainbows and less for brookies, brown trout can
grow to big sizes in small freestone streams. This is especially true of some of the small streams of the
Smokies. Browns can and do grow up to thirty inches. The techniques we taught in the Grand Slam didn't
cover some of the techniques you would need to use to catch big brown trout. The program also didn't cover
methods and techniques you use fishing cold water. There were even a few basic things Ian didn't cover
about dry fly fishing. Mending your line to get a drag-free drift, for example. Those thoughts resulted in the
production of a second video we called "Fly Fishing Eastern Freestone Streams - Successful Strategies".

We faced the same problem when it came to time. Ian no longer worked at Little River Fly Shop. He had
started guiding and he was busy right from the start. It wasn't easy for him to keep pace guiding and to work
on a new video at the same time. We wanted to produce it in the Spring and scheduling the time between
clients in the prime season was a problem. I mentioned this only because Ian wanted to include catching
some of the big browns as a part of the program. Except during spawning season, catching big browns from
the small streams of the Smokies isn't easy. This is even more true when you are trying to do it with
professional video cameras when the best times to pull it off is under low light conditions that would result in
poor video quality. I think we spent a total of about two days of time actually fishing. One day it rained for
most of the day and the streams were very murky and on our second attempt the water had already gotten
warm in the lower elevations where most of the brown trout are. We spent some other time doing intros to the
various segments but again, the actual shooting time was very limited.

One afternoon, after we had finished shooting the instructional segments we had scripted to shoot, Ian ask if I
would let him devote at least an hour or two to take a shot at catching a big brown. Of course, I agreed. He
rigged up a large nymphs on his hi-sticking rod and waded into some deeper parts of Little River. In
mid-afternoon, with a bright sun shinning, you can rest assured the big browns won't be out in open water.
They are all wedged tight up under something and it's usually a large boulder. Standing in water usually waist
deep, Ian began to flip the big nymph under some of the spots he felt a large brown was hiding. I don't
remember the details of the amount of time that had passed, but it obviously long enough to prove that
hooking a big brown isn't something you can do every few minutes. Every few hours would probably be more
like it. Every few days would probably be the most accurate assessment.

As I was just about to fall asleep, Ian stuck something obviously big that ate the fly right from the bottom edge
of a huge boulder. In a few split seconds with the rod bent, the big brown shot downstream though the pool
below Ian faster than he could move in the deeper water. In a few seconds of just hanging on, Ian quickly as
it's possible, managed to get into shallow water and literally began to run about as fast as it is possible to run
in a foot or two of water. With much line out, the short amount of time for him to get into position to follow the
fish downstream, gave the trout even more advantage and the tippet snapped. Other than myself, I don't
think I have ever seen a fisherman get anymore upset. It just broke his heart. We both wanted the big brown
on the video and time had run out on us.

If I had let him have his way, Successful Strategies would not have been released until he caught a big
brown. I tried to explain to him that I could show that particular scene and it would be just as effective, win or
loose, but he never bought it. I certainly couldn't blame him for feeling that way. I know, because after making
over 250 nationally syndicated TV shows and 46 instructional videos on fishing featuring yours truly prior to
that, I was well aware there's never enough time.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh
"Fly Fishing Eastern
Freestone Streams -
Successful Strategies",
provides step-by-step, easy
to follow instructions on the
techniques used to catch
rainbow, brown and brook
trout from small streams in
the East. Things like  
mending line, getting drag
free drifts, fishing streamers
and many other techniques
are taught.
It is a great way
to learn how to perfect the
hi-sticking method of
fishing nymphs.
The programs main feature
is that it provides a few
simple but very important
strategies that will improve
anyone's success