04/01/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Midges
3.    Little Brown Stoneflies
4.    Quill Gordons
5.    Blue Quills
6.    Little Black Caddis
7.    Hendricksons/Red Quills

Most available - Other types of food:
8.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)







Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
As of right now, 4:30 AM this April 1st morning, Little River is flowing at 1290 cfs and is 3.87 feet high at the
USGS station just outside the park at Townsend, Tennessee. Cataloochee Creek is flowing at 292 cfs and
3.22 feet high, which isn't as high as most of the other streams in the park, but at a level still considered
blown out.  The Oconaluftee River is blown out more than the other streams. It is flowing at 1560 cfs and
3.11 in height.

The good news is that all the streams have peaked and are on their way back downl. There's also good
news in the fact there's only a slight chance of rain in the forecast today. Hopefully, all the streams will
continue to drop. All in all, the past Easter weekend fishing conditions turned out to be much better than I
expected. Although there were periods of heavy rainfall, conditions were great during most of the weekend.

Today's high should be near 64 with a low tonight of about 36. Tuesday will be a little cooler with the high
reaching 56 and the low of around 31. Wednesday's high should be back up a little but then Thursday's high
should be back down to 50.

It amazes me how they can predict such small ups and downs in daily temperatures a few days in the future,
yet often miss the entire forecast by a huge amount. In other, less polite words, they sure can make it sound
like they know what they are doing.

There's a 70% chance of precipitation again on Thursday. I'm betting they will increase that to a 100% the
day before because of a front that will move through. The rain should end Friday just in time for the
weekend. Friday's high should be 57 with a low that night of about 38.

They are predicting Saturday's high at 65 with a low of 45 that night. Keep in mind, as air temperatures
relates to water temperatures, the lows at night are equally as important as the highs during the day. If the
temperature drops down to about freezing at night, the short afternoon warm up period doesn't help raise
the water temperature very much. Sunday's high is also shown at 67.

All in all, I think the forecast is about as normal as it gets for early April.

Unless there's a lot of rain associated with the passing front on Thursday (and it isn't predicted to be heavy),
conditions should be great just as soon as the streams drop back down to levels that are safe to wade.

Although April showers bring May flowers, I say, "rain, rain, go away and come again some other day".
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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