Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. BWOs (Little BWOs)
3. Little Winter Stoneflies
4. Little Brown Stoneflies
5. Quill Gordons
6. Blue Quills
7. Little Black Caddis
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fly Fishing Strategies - What Fly to Use - Coming Week
Stream Levels: They are fine right now. I delayed yesterday's strategy article to see what the rain situation
was looking like for the weekend. As mentioned, the amount of rainfall/snowfall is always difficult to forecast
in the park because of the varying elevations. For Gatlinburg, two weather sites show rain for Thursday
night, a little during the day Friday, Friday night and Saturday. The same weather sites show that a little
more than that amount of rain can be expected in Cherokee. It still looks like Saturday and Sunday will be a
good weather days to fish. If the forecast are correct, most of the rain will probably occur Thursday night.
The water may be a little high Friday, depending on the amount of rain.
Weather: Cold today and tonight but warming back up some on Thursday. It should get to as high as 60
degrees on Saturday.
Water Temp: Today and most of tomorrow, the water will remain in the high thirties to mid forties. It should
get a little warmer Thursday afternoon. Friday and Saturday, you can expect the water to reach as high as
fifty degrees in the lowest elevations but the high forties in most areas. The warmer nights and rain will help
in this regard.
Note: There has been and will continue to be for some time, lots of tiny black caddisflies hatching. These
are not Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms), they are size 20 and smaller caddis that both crawl out of
the water to hatch and crawl back down in the water to lay their eggs. You will see them on the rocks during
the day. So far, we have had little luck trying to imitate these insects. The trout probably eat some of them
but I don't think they ever key in on them, especially with all the other food in the water. The Little Black
Caddis (Grannoms) emerge mid-stream and deposit their eggs on the surface like most mayflies. The trout
key in on them sometimes, in preference to the mayflies. Don't confuse these two caddisflies.
Today and tomorrow, I recommend you fish midge larvae and pupae imitations most of the time. You may
want to switch to a Blue-winged Olive nymph, size 18, tomorrow afternoon. Late tomorrow, in the lowest
elevations, you could spot some sporadic emerging Quill Gordons and/or Blue Quills. If so, switch to a Quill
Gordon nymph or Blue Quill nymph respectively.
Friday and the weekend, I would start out with a hook size 18, BWO nymph. If anything hatches, and it is
possible, it will most likely be at the warmest time of the day, or from 1;00 to 3:00 PM. If you see any QG or
BQ duns, switch to a wet dun pattern for the QG or an emerger pattern for the BQ. If you see any trout
taking the insects from the surface, switch to the respective dun pattern. For the most part, that will be
unlikely. Most of the time, you will have far better success sticking with the nymphs and emerger
Late in the day, near sunset, switch to a Little Brown Stonefly nymph, size 12, and fish that near the banks
until as late as you can fish.
If the water levels become too high to wade, you can still fish the Brown Stonefly nymph late in the day, but
go to a streamer otherwise. If the water is clear, I suggest our Perfect Fly Brown Sculpin or if dingy, our
White Belly Sculpin both hook sizes 6.
Fishing Tales Article - Delayed until next week
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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