12/26/12

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little and baetis BWOs)
2.    Midges

Most available/ Other types of food:
3.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

Sorry, I didn't Link Yesterday's Article Correctly on the "articles" section. If
you missed it, please check it out, especially the Xmas video attached

A High Water Technique That's Very Effective
Looking at the current weather conditions on Mt. LeConte clearly shows why I'm not a good weatherman. I
thought the mountains would be white. It did snow in Pigeon Forge yesterday afternoon and it is snowing
now, but according to the
Mountain-forecast.com, it didn't snow on Mt. LeConte. Apparently, it was as warm,
or maybe even warmer at 6500 feet elevation than it was in Pigeon Forge. It may be snowing there now. I
knew this inverted warm air thing sometimes happens but I didn't expect it, or anticipate it. I also didn't check
the mountain weather forecast. It is a very neat weather site that I normally spend a lot of time on. It is
amazing at just how much detailed information is available about the weather. The information has actually
been available for several years but not in this form or this type of weather forecast. The same type of
information necessary for this type of forecast is far more useful for aviation and has always been available in
a different format..

I should mention that the above weather report can be altered for any mountain range but more importantly,
for the Smokies, you can get the current weather conditions and a forecast for three different elevations. You
can change the setting from 6595 feet elevation to 4922, or 1641, which is about the same elevation as
Gatlinburg. The 4922 elevation is similar to weather at Newfound Pass and the higher elevation brook trout
streams. The 6595 elevation weather is useful from a melting snow standpoint. When those elevations have
a lot of snow, warming trends melt it and the stream water temperatures always drop down below what the air
temperature indicates they should drop.

I got so carried away with the weather yesterday, in my "stream and weather" article, I forgot to even mention
the water levels. It is very early this Thursday morning and the current flow of Little River is 958 cfs. That
level is far too high and swift to wade, but it is dropping fast. Since the forecast doesn't call for anymore rain
until late Friday night, I think the streams will all be back down to a reasonable level. We will just have to wait
and see how much rain falls Saturday morning.

Just because the streams are too high to safely wade, doesn't mean you can't fish them. In fact, often when
they are high and the water is slightly stained, it helps certain types of fishing methods. You will often find
trout feeding right up tight against the banks, especially when the water is falling. On a lake, falling water is
bad news for those that want to fish the banks. Unless the banks are very deep and steep, the fish always
move off the banks to deeper water. In a river, it is often just the opposite.

Anywhere you can walk up to the water (meaning it is clear enough of bushes and trees to do so), you have
an opportunity to catch trout. The procedure is to cast a nymph or small streamer directly upstream fifteen to
twenty feet, landing the fly very close to the bank. This is mostly just a side-arm flip of the rod. As the fly drifts
back downstream, allow the fly to stay very close to the bank to where it will pass almost directly underneath
your feet. As it approaches your position, keep raising the rod tip high above your head to keep most of the
slack out of the line and leader. Let the fly continue on downstream, staying very close to the bank until it
reaches the end of the drift. Lower the rod tip as it heads downstream, keeping most of the slack out of the
line. You want to maintain contact with the fly such that you can feel a trout take the fly. They will usually hit it
hard enough for you to either see your fly line and/or leader jump, or that you feel the fish hit the fly. They
usually hit a small streamer very hard.

After two or three presentations in the same general area, take two or three steps downstream and repeat
the process. If it's a small clear opening, select another one. You can do this anywhere it is clear enough for
you to walk up to a bank. It doesn't take a long stretch of clear bank. Keep in mind, this is for fishing high
water that is stained.  
Copyright 2012 James Marsh