02/06/13

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)


Fishing Tales - I Fished An Island That No Longer Exist by falling on it in an airplane
Curlew Island of the Chandeleur Islands

I think it was 1982 that my friend, Mr. Clarence Pool, of Mobile, Alabama, talked me into doing
something that was at least as stupid as a few of the things I had talked him into prior to that time.
He talked me into doing a TV show catching speckled trout from the famous Chandeleur Islands.
For those of you that are not familiar with the islands, the Chandeleur Islands are a series of islands
about 50 miles long that include Breton Island, Grand Gosier Islands and did include Curlew Island.
They are located roughly 60 miles east of New Orleans and 30 miles south of Biloxi, Mississippi.

Fishing the Chandeleur Islands isn't a big deal as long as you go there by boat.
Fishing the island
by landing on the beach in an airplane is a big deal
. Fishing Curlew Island, the last island in the
chain headed west (shown below) as of 1982 is a very big deal.



























For all practical purposes,
a "stall" in an airplane is defined as when the plane will no longer fly. In short, it
begins to fall. How do you land an airplane on a beach with all kinds of junk such as logs washed up on the
beach?  You get it very low to the beach and deliberately stall it. You actually pull the nose up, stall it and fall
a few feet on the sand, hopefully, soft enough for the plane to hold together.

Curlew Island was a single island prior to Hurricane Georges (September 28, 1998). After Georges, it was
split into two islands. Just prior to Hurricane Ivan, South Curlew was only a subaerial spit, and North Curlew
(pictured) was a long sand island with no vegetation except for a few small shrubs in the middle. After Ivan,
both the north and south portions of Curlew Island were completely washed away, with no shoaling evident.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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Pictures taken from the air with my TV camera of both ends of Curlew Island in 1982
Looking out the window of the plane just before it stalled and fell. On the right is a picture of
the plane before takeoff, what I thought would be the end of my life. Notice the shark's mouth
on the nose of the plane. That should have told me the pilot was an idiot.
The island was misnamed. It should have
been named "BIRD" island. Thousand of
birds did nest on the island.
As you can see from the above photos, the island doesn't exist anymore. So, my fishing tale is a two
part, award winning fishing tale. I fished an island that no longer exist and like the idiot I am, I went there in a
small plane that had to be deliberately stalled to land. We cleared a stretch of beach long enough to leave.

It gets worse. I went there with my friend who talked me into it because he said we would catch hundreds of
speckled trout for my syndicated TV show. All I caught was ladyfish. I didn't just catch ladyfish. I caught a
ladyfish on every cast I made. I lost count because I gave out and all I could think about was taking off.

In the picture on the right, Clarance was yelling at me, "What did you say - I can't hear you for the birds".
One of about 50 "poor man's tarpon" I caught.
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Okay, Clarance, lets go. I'm ready to die if you are. Clarance is another one of
those guys that was a tremendous help to me with my TV program. I will always
be thankful to him for that.