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:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Craneflies (larvae)
Fly Fishing DVD- Part 11
A Little Home-Sweet-Home Background Info:
The first five DVD that I've written about were shot and edited back in 2000 2001 and 2002, while we were
still living in Florida. During that time, we were either on the road fly fishing trout streams from coast to coast,
or producing boating videos in South Florida and the Keys. That resulted in our thinking about moving a little
closer to some of the trout streams we enjoyed fishing.
On two different occasions, we had to return all the way from Montana to our home at Edgewater Beach
Resort on Panama City Beach to avoid losing our valuables to a hurricane. Both times there was a good
chance our first floor condo (a half block from the beach) would be flooded. In both cases the storms missed
us but decisions as to whether or not to prepare for the worst must be made well in advance, especially when
it involves long distance travel and moving a complete video production studio and editing suite. I had been
doing that just about every other year for the past twenty-five years but having to rush home from a far
western location added to the problem big time.
We had yet another problem that continued to get worse. At one point in time, a dozen more twenty-plus
story, high rise condos were under construction on an already overcrowded Front Beach Road. We could
walk just about anywhere on the beach faster than we could drive there. Just getting five miles to the marina
where I kelp my boats was becoming a very time consuming problem. So much for what was once a great
place to live. We decided to move.
We couldn't stand the thoughts of living in the Northwestern part of the country during the Winter, or being
that far away from our families. We loved the Smokies and decided we would give living in the mountains a
try. In 2003, we moved to Gatlinburg about a block from the park. That put us close to plenty of trout streams
and about a day closer to most any other trout stream in the nation. For the next three years after moving,
we continued to spend more time traveling and fishing than we spent at home. When we were home in
Gatlinburg, we worked on the post-production of the remaining DVD.
After three years of living in Gatlinburg in a lovely but much smaller space than we needed, and making the
decision we going to continue living in the Smokies, we moved to into a new, relatively large two-story house
in the foothills near Pigeon Forge. By the way, We didn't exactly move away from the wild country. In spite of
everything we have done to try to keep them away, we still manage to see at least a dozen or more bears
wondering around in our yard each year.
A Little James Marsh - Tell It Like It Is:
After five years of fishing the pro BASS tournament circuit (1975-1980), and an additional thirty-two years of
earning my living from TV and instructional videos on fishing (1980-2012), I'm well aware of the single biggest
problem people have learning to fish. They fail to take the time to learn all about the particular
species of fish they pursue. This not only includes the fish itself, it includes its habitat and equally
as important, the food it survives on.
I've found this to always be the case irrespective of the particular species of fish, or the method of fishing one
selects to use. To make this short but maybe not so sweet, in today's fast paced world, people either don't
want to take the time or often, simply don't have the time to do that. They just want to get out and catch
By the way, I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that but only provided there isn't any phoney pretense
to go along with it. Many anglers fish rather frequently their entire lifetime without ever taking the time to
learn much about what it is they are actually trying to do. They rely on luck rather than skill and
As with many other sports, success requires a combination of both luck, and skill and knowledge. This is both
good and bad. The "good" of it is that one can get lucky and catch fish with very little skill or knowledge about
what they are doing. The "bad" of it is that just as often one isn't lucky and fails at being successful. What's
worse is the fact the mediocre angler always has a good excuse for lack of success. They simply
content "the fishing was slow or poor". Some are not quite that slick and simply say "the fish were not biting".
Many of them are so far off base they actually believe that was the problem.
Unfortunately, there isn't a really good way to judge just who is really good at what they are doing and who
isn't, yet profess to be good at it. When it comes to fishing, especially fly fishing for trout, there are a
lot of "legends in their own minds". You will find one and usually more at just about any destination you
choose to fish. This includes not all, but many that pretend to be professionals at fishing called guides. Many,
charter boat captains fit that same category.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh