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)
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
The majority of what I have to report, I have already reported in my article of day before yesterday:
I spent a little time in the park this weekend, doing some fishing and some, just riding around. The park was
quite crowded. It's the middle of Spring Break and there are lots of visitors here. I only fished for a total of
about an hour and a half yesterday afternoon and Saturday afternoon. I was able to catch several trout but
they all came on our little BWO nymph.
I noticed two or three Blue Quills hatching on Little River Saturday, but that was about it for hatches. I fished
the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River yesterday and didn't see anything at all other than a few brown
stoneflies. They obviously hatched during previous days. The water was still too cold for much insect activity.
It was 48 degrees at the warmest on the MP of Little Pigeon River. Strong winds also hampered some of the
fishing over the weekend.
I also mentioned, that In talking to and watching some guys fish, I noticed some major problems. All of them
were fishing a dry fly and none of them doing so reported any catches. None of the ones I talked to in
person or over the phone had a thermometer. Another problem I noticed, was some were fishing at very low
elevations where Blue Quills and Quill Gordons had probably already hatched. At one location, I know for a
fact they had already hatched.
I feel sorry for some of the guys that were on Spring Break. They only had a short time to fish and
conditions were simply not that great, especially for dry fly fishing. Most of the other guys I know or observed
fishing were not very experienced fly anglers. Actually, such anglers usually represent the majority of those
that fly fish the park or anywhere else, for that matter. Many just don't have the time, or in many cases, just
want take the time to learn the sport the right way. There are also some that are just dense enough to think
they know what they are doing when they actually don't.
As I mentioned in the article a couple of days ago, fishing a nymph or wet fly isn't as easy as
fishing a dry fly on the surface in fast water. The big difference is being able to see what's going on.
You can get by with a lot of things fishing a dry fly in fast water when Quill Gordon hatches are taking place.
The same isn't true of hatches of Blue Quills in shallow, calmer water, or for that matter, during the time
nothing is hatching and trout are feeding on the bottom.
The results of this is that those that used the right strategies caught plenty of trout and those that
didn't, failed to do so.
Many want to label this difference, "good fishing" or "poor fishing". That's always been rather
comical to me. The fishing is done by anglers.
What it really means when anglers say the fishing is poor, is that the conditions are such that novice,
mediocre anglers have trouble catching trout.
What it really means when anglers say the fishing is good, is that conditions are such that even novice,
mediocre anglers can catch a few trout.
The big problem with this is that many anglers, even some that have fished for years, actually think it's the
trout that are making the difference. In other words, they haven't yet figured out the problem is they don't
actually understand what is going on and how to deal with it.
It's easy to blame the lack of "catching" on the trout, or the conditions, or the moon, or the temperature, or
the barometric pressure, or any of a million other things - any and everything but themselves.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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