12/29/12

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)



Website Changes Coming for 2013
To come up with the articles I publish each day, I jump around, rambling about this and that, trying to keep
the subject on fly fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park, but sometimes I deviate, all depending what's
on my mind. Often, what I want to convey comes to mind instantly. Sometimes, it doesn't come so quickly. I
imagine you can tell from the
fine editing of what I have to say, that I spend very little time writing them. If so,
you are correct.  I probably spend an average of less than 40 minutes a day writing them. I rarely even read
what I write after I finish an article, much less edit it. If I I plan on being out of town, I write what's necessary in
advance and just publish them on the days they are due.

I write articles each day on this site simply because I enjoy doing it. From a pure fishing business
standpoint, there's no doubt that my time would be better spent working on our Perfect Fly site because that
directly affects my wife Angie's Perfect Fly business. Although a lot of business comes from customers fishing
the Great Smoky Mountains, proportionally, it isn't much more than comes from any other good fly fishing
destination. I can't quite believe it but we have five different customers that I know of that have purchased
flies specifically for fishing the park this holiday weekend.

Although it is amazing at number of anglers that come from all over the country (and even some foreign
countries) to fish the streams of the Smokies, the number of anglers that fly fish the Smokies living in the
states fairly nearby the Smokies (Tenn, N. Carolina, Ala, S. Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, etc.) don't compare
with the number of anglers living in many of the other states in the nation that fish other prime fly fishing
destinations. The business we get at Perfect Fly mostly comes from the Northeast, New England, Great
Lakes area states, Mid Atlantic states, California and Pacific Northwest. All the other states come into play on
a fairly equal basis that's proportional to their population. For example, states like Florida and Texas provide
us as much or more business as the states surrounding the Smokies simply because of their high
populations.

I also write the daily articles because for some reason or another, from around 600 to as high as 1200
different computers at least open, and I assume at least most of them read, each day's article page.
Naturally, the numbers are higher during the Spring, Summer and early Fall than during the Winter. Most of
the time it averages around 800-900. Several times more than that visit other parts of the Smoky site.
Altogether, it is still only a fraction of the number of viewers we have on the Perfect Fly site. During the prime
fishing season in Yellowstone, we have as many or more that view our Yellowstone site as we have that visit
our Smoky site, yet I did very few articles on it this past year.

The main reason I'm making some changes is to try to streamline my time so I can devote more of it to
Angie's Perfect Fly business. She is threatening to cut my pay. That threat and the financial cliff is really
getting depressing.
You see, I'm in that one percent category - one percent of the idiots that make
their living from fishing.
Oh, I forgot. I'm retired. Please edit that out for me.

All of this rambling is to say that I am working on
a new schedule for the daily articles that I will be writing
on this site. I hope it will make it easier for me to write the articles although right now, I'm only hoping. I might
even have time to dot an i or two. Definitely, I will continue the weekly Fly Fishing Strategy Article but since I
haven't finished making my final plans, I will just leave the new article schedule for tomorrow's article.  
Copyright 2012 James Marsh