12/31/12

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)

New Schedule of Daily Articles
Mondays: Weather and Stream Condition Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Friday: Fly Fishing News and Events
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout Food


Website Changes Coming for 2013 - Part 2 - The New Schedule
Actually, if you look at the above list you will see that about covers today's article; however, I'll go ahead and
explain a little about what the articles will consist of.

1.
Monday's "Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast" is something I have been doing for some time
now. I look at current and forecast weather conditions from four different weather sites and basically apply
that to the park. I use Gatlinburg as a reference point but bring out any deviations for other areas provided
any are noted by the weather experts. I do look at the mountain weather.com forecast site, so I know what
happening at the different elevations. You have to keep in mind that the weather at Newfound Gap is similar
to that of Maine. What's happening in Townsend, Pigeon Forge or Cherokee, can be vary different from what
is happening at various sections of the park, all depending on the elevation. I also have to take the
precipitation forecast and the current stream conditions into account to have an idea of what the streams
levels may be during the coming week.

2.
Tuesday's "Fly Fishing Strategies" is largely based on the weather and stream conditions forecast of
the previous day. It is also based on the hatch charts we have developed over the years for the streams of
the Smokies. Naturally, we take the weather history into account. Insects don't hatch at any certain time. They
hatch based on the their growth and development rate during the previous year, or in some cases, previous
two years, depending on the species. It is largely depending on the average water temperature. That's a big
factor that at least partly regulates their growth and development. In other words, if the weather has been
unseasonably warm for a month prior to the normal time the Quill Gordon hatch, you can expect the hatch to
occur earlier than normal. It also depends to some extent on the current stream temperature versus the
temperature the insects normally hatch at but
current water temperature is only a general guideline to
the timing of the hatch.  
Knowing what insects are about to hatch within the next week or two and knowing
the type of insect larvae, gives one a good idea of which insects are most available and plentiful for the trout
to eat at any given time. That's what the trout will always focus on to eat. Matching the looks and behavior of
those larvae, or the adults if they actually hatch, gives one the greatest odds of success.

3.
Wednesday's "Fishing Tales" article will be something altogether new. Well, I guess almost new would
be more accurate. I have written about previous fishing trips before. Some of them will be fly fishing trips that
took place in the Smokies, but many others will be fishing trips and catches that I have made during my
lifetime of fishing. I think you will find at them interesting. For the last 32 years, fishing has been the major
source of my livelihood and I fished many years prior to that. Some will be fly fishing trips at the hundreds of
streams we have fished in many other places in the nation, 92 of which are listed in Trout Unlimited's
"Americas 100 Best Trout Streams" book. Many will be about destinations, events and catches I have
experienced at many other locations in the World. This will include catching most all of the species of
gamefish recognized by the I.G.F.A.. I hope everyone will enjoy them.
Believe you me, I have some tales
to tale.

4. Thursday's "Smoky Mountains Fly Fishing Report" is completely new for me. Anyone that know me,
knows I'm not found of fishing reports because many anglers attempt to try to use them as a strategy for
when, where and how to fish. That is the absolute worst thing you can do. On the other hand, they are
interesting if for no other reason than it allows those that can't fish an opportunity to experience the trips of
others. I talk to anglers almost every day that fish the Smokies. I do that over the phone and sometimes in
person, in the park. I also fish the streams of the park quite frequently, although it is far less than I have in
the past, I still manage to make a trip or two about every week although some are short, two or three hour
trips. Several times a year I end up fishing in the park for two, three or four consecutive days. Hopefully, I will
make this interesting and informative. At the same time, I will assure you, I will stress again and again that
using my report, or anyone's trip as a strategy for their own trip would be down right stupid. If you don't know
why, you certainly need to read the articles.

5.
Friday's "Fly Fishing News and Events" article is also completely new, although I have dropped a few
articles along those lines in the previous years. I have no idea if this is going to work or not. Right now, it is
the most questionable thing about this new plan. I may end up writing about ducks crossing Little Pigeon
River behind Food World but I will try to keep it interesting and bring up any important information in the
World of fly fishing..

6.
Saturday's "Fly Fishing School" article isn't exactly new either but the format is. I have written many
how-to, technique, fly fishing tips, and fly fishing methods articles and this will be along the same lines. I will
try to make them different if I happen to cover a previous subject and I'm sure I will. I will also try to touch on
some things that little has been written about to keep the interesting as well as informative.

7.
Sunday's "This Week's Featured Trout Food" article isn't exactly completely new either. I have written
hundreds of articles on the food trout eat in the streams of the Smokies because when I first started fishing
the Smokies, I found only "dark age" information about the aquatic insects. Actually, that may even be
stretching it. I could not believe how little information was available in comparison to a mega amount of
information in other parts of the country. Some tried to tell me the trout in the Smokies were different. I
believed that until I fished dozens of other freestone headwater streams elsewhere in the nation, including
other areas of the same Appalachian Mountain range. I discovered the so-called expert Smoky Mountain
anglers knew very little about the food the trout relied on to survive. The ones that claimed knowing the
aquatic insects the trout ate was not important, were the same ones that knew very, very little about the
insects. I've never talked to anyone very knowledgeable about the insects stupid enough to downplay the
importance of it. The difference in what I plan on doing and what I have been doing is the format it will be in.
First of all, I will try to keep it very current with what's happening at the time, but more importantly, provide an
easy to follow summary of the most important things to remember about imitating each item of food.

By the way, I will include both the Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast and the Fly Fishing Strategies
article tomorrow, Tuesday, January 1.
Happy New Year everyone, and thank you for reading my articles.
Angie and I both appreciate it very much.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh