12/03/12

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

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


Great Smoky Mountains Weather Forecast for the Coming Week
If the National Weather Service forecast is even half right, the weather in Great Smoky Mountains National
Park will remain great through the coming weekend. I can remember a couple of years in the past when
December provided warm weather throughout most of the month. It was one reason we decided to include
only dry fly fishing in our "Fly Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park" DVD.
We promoted
year-round dry fly fishing in the DVD because we have caught plenty of trout on the dry fly during
every month of the year in the Smokies.
With the exception of a few tailwaters and spring creeks, I don't
think it's possible to catch trout dry fly fishing throughout the entire year anywhere else in the United States
other than the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Before anyone jumps to conclusions, that's not to say weather patterns cannot be just the opposite. We have
also seen a few weeks go by when it would be ultra, slow fishing if all you used was a dry fly; however, for the
past few days and the upcoming week, I can assure you that it is possible to catch trout on a dry fly. Again,
don't jump to conclusions about that statement. I didn't say dry fly fishing would be the most effective way to
catch high numbers of trout during the coming week. I only stated it was possible to catch some trout using
that method of fishing. In tomorrow's fly fishing strategy article, I will state my suggestions for the best odds
for success.

The month of January usually provides the worst odds for catching trout on a dry fly, but even that is subject
to change from year to year. If you remember, last year's unseasonable warm mid-Winter weather provided
plenty of opportunities to catch trout on the dry fly. There were several days during the month of February
when Blue-winged olives, Blue Quills and Quill Gordons were hatching. Anytime there's plenty of food on the
surface, and the water is around fifty degrees or warmer, you can catch plenty of trout using a dry fly,
especially if it's a very good imitation of the insect.

The high today in Gatlinburg will be near 70. If I were going to be home today, I would be in the park fishing at
least for a short time. I will be making a short trip to Alabama this morning. Tonight's low will be around 49.
That is very important because it makes it much more likely the water will be warmer during the day.

The warm front will bring about a chance of ran starting Tuesday afternoon. The high will be near 67.
Showers are very likely on Tuesday night. The low will still be fairly high or around 44. Wednesday, the
showers should end and again, the temperature should be a warm 58 degrees. The low for Wednesday night
will be colder, but Thursday's high will be back up on the warm side near 56. Friday's high is also predicted to
be in rather high 56 degrees. There's a chance of showers returning for Friday night and Saturday. The high
should be near 58. Sunday's high is predicted to be even higher 61. Wow!
Copyright 2012 James Marsh