01/28/13

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)



Weather and Stream Conditions - Coming Week
There's some great news this week - I think. I added the words "I think" because it always gets a little scary
when we have unseasonably warm weather during the Winter. Right now they are just mentioning
thunderstorms and winds up to 30 mph occurring during the middle of the week. That isn't all that bad of a
forecast provided that is the extent of the bad and ugly.

By the way, our Giant Redheaded Woodpeckers showed up again a couple of days ago right in the middle of
the ice storm. They look like they were enjoying the bad weather. By the time I ran upstairs to my office,
grabbed a video camera and stumbled back downstairs, they were gone. They are so big that Biddie, our
only child, a Cocker Spaniel spots them, barks at them and scares them away. Here I go rambling again but
back to the weather this coming week.

It rained a few minutes ago for about a minute and changed to a sprinkle. It is now 5:30 AM, not even close to
my favorite time when daylight begins to lighten up the mountains. By the way, as of late yesterday afternoon,
we were still looking at snow that hadn't melted on the higher mountain tops surrounding the house. It will
today because the high will be about 56 degrees. From a fishing standpoint, the best news is that the low
tonight will only be 42.

Now hear this! They are predicting the high in Gatlinburg tomorrow, at 1900 feet elevation, will be 67
degrees. Yes, there will be a little wind in the warm front that will gust to as high as 30 mph. Yes, there is a
possible chance a thunderstorm may occur. The chance of rain is only 60 percent now, but as always, they
will probably increase the odds as soon as it starts raining.

Wednesday, the showers and chance of thunderstorms will continue with the high near 61. Another windy
day is expected (up to 30 mph) with a 90 percent chance of rain.

As of right now, it doesn't look like there will be enough rain to create a high water situation, but I'm sure it's
possible. Currently, the streams are all in great shape.

Wednesday night - oh well - rain and WHAT -snow showers? Please, welcome back Old Man Winter. The
high for Thursday will be around 42 with a low that night of 25. Friday's high is expected to be near 36 and a
low that night of 21.

Saturday's high should be about 42 with a chance of rain and snow that night. Sunday's high will be about
the same at 43 degrees.

All in all, provided we miss any bad weather, I think the forecast is good. It is the middle of the Winter. It won't
be long before anglers will be blaming their lack of catching on the heat.

Here's another part of a promotional video for flyfishingdvd.com that I just put online. Enjoy the bugs.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily Articles
Mondays: Weather and Stream Conditions
Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies - Which
Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout Food