01/18/13

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

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



Washout on Highway #441 ("Getting Started" Below - For All Fly Anglers)
This information was sent to us by Derek Porter. Thanks Derek
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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Getting Started: (for those just starting and 75% of those who have fished for years)
These are some of the basics that even the most experienced anglers forget when they start talking about
catching trout on the fly.
It is also some things many prefer to ignore.

1. Not getting technical and calling a brook trout an Artic Char or sounding like a hillbilly and calling them  
"specs", be aware that there are 3 species of trout in Great Smoky Mountains National Park that you can
catch on a fly -  brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout. The point I'm wanting to make here is that each
species is very different from the other. They vary greatly in size, habitat, feeding habitats and in many
other ways.
When you hear or read about someone catching X numbers of trout, keep in mind
the species they caught makes a huge difference
. Catching 50 brook trout may not be as difficult as
catching one decent size brown trout, just for example. To explain all the differences in the fish and
catching them would take a few books. Just keep in mind, a trout isn't just a trout.

2. There are basically three types of trout you may possibly catch in or near the park. One is a
"native"
fish, in this case the Appalachian strain native brook trout. The second type is a
"Wild" or stream-born
trout, in this case either a brown trout, rainbow trout and possibly a Northern strain brook trout. The third
type is a
"stocked" trout. Trout are not stocked in GSMNP but may enter the streams from outside the
park from locations where they have been stocked. The main point to remember about this is that when
you hear or read about someone catching a trout is (a), make sure you understand which of the three
types they are talking or writing about, and (b), that the difficulty, methods, tactics, etc., used to catch
these basic three types of trout are as different as daylight and dark.
If they are writing or talking about
catching a stocked trout, it has absolutely nothing to do with catching native or wild trout in the
park.

3. As long as it's tied on a hook size 8 or smaller hook, you probably can't tie a fly that you couldn't catch a
trout on. It just becomes a matter of how often or the frequency that you can do that. Your success in
catching trout, or any fish for that matter,
always gets down to a matter of odds. You may make a
"hole-in-one" the first time you hit a golf ball but that doesn't mean you can beat a touring pro playing golf.
The only difference in them and you is the regularity they can get the ball in the hole as compared to you.
They have a little advantage over fly anglers. Golf ball are basically all alike. They only have to choose
from 14 clubs. Flies aren't all alike. There are thousands of them. The more your fly looks like the real food
the wild trout normally see and eat,
the higher your odds of success. The more you can make your fly
act or behave like the real food, in the same place in the water they find and eat that food,
the higher
your odds of success.

Learn the difference in apples and oranges, or you may get sick on orange peelings