04/18/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Little Brown Stoneflies
3.    Blue Quills
4.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5.    Hendricksons/Red Quills
6.    Little Short-horned Sedges
7.    American March Browns

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






Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
I'm sorry I'm running late this morning. I was in the park until dark yesterday. I fished earlier for about an
hour and spent most of my time riding around and looking at the water at different locations. It amazed me  
as to how few anglers I spotted - one. Of course, there could have been many more not near the roads, but I
didn't see many vehicles that looked like they belonged to anglers. I better qualify that statement. I didn't see
any that had anything to do with fishing on or in them such as bumper stickers, or tags, etc. I didn't see
many vehicles that were empty. Most of them had the people in them or nearby, and they were obviously
tourist. I have no idea why there were not more anglers in the park. The water levels were back down at
least suitable for strong waders. Although it's on the warm side, the water temperatures have been fairly
stable for three days or more. The highway across the park from Gatlingburg to Cherokee has been
opened. Two weeks ago, the park was an entirely different picture. It was almost crowded. I have no idea
why everything was so different.

As I mentioned Monday, I heard from and ran into some very disappointed anglers over the weekend. It
seemed that they expected to see huge hatches and that just wasn't the case. Some expected to see lots of
Quill Gordons and Blue Quills and that wasn't the case at all.

I'll repeat what I said Monday:
To put it bluntly, as I have been writing for the past two months, the messed up weather has really messed up the early
hatches. Most of the Quill Gordons and Blue Quills were hatching back when the water was still in the high forties while most
anglers were either at home, or in the park fishing using the wrong methods and techniques. About the only bugs I
encountered hatching this past weekend of any importance were stoneflies. That was really enough but most of the guys I
talked to didn't fish stonefly nymphs like they should have been doing. The high water also hampered the efforts of many
anglers. In general, most guys beat the fast water to death with dry flies with less than anticipated results.

I only caught two trout yesterday. Together they would measure 10 inches. I caught both of them from
fishing from the bank on our Perfect Fly  American March Brown Dun. I did much more driving from one spot
to another than casting. I thought the water was a little too high for me to be wading with no one in sight, not
to mention that I promised Angie over and over I wouldn't do that. The Little Pigeon River is probably still
running higher than some of the other streams. I was fishing later than anything should be hatching and
earlier than any spinner falls should occur. I spotted a couple of cinnamon caddis and two brown stoneflies
and that was it. In other words, my fishing report is completely worthless. Most actual fishing reports are and
all of them are worthless as far as a strategy for others to follow.

Today should be an excellent day to fish the park. Tomorrow will too as long as you can miss the rain and
especially the probable thunderstorm. The temperature will drop down Friday night to 38 in Gatlinburg. The
high Saturday will only be about 61 which is about 20 degrees cooler than it has been the past few days. I
really don't think that will have any effect on the fishing. Between the bright sun and the falling water
temperature, I'm sure the strategy I provided day before yesterday is even more on track than I anticipated.
If you want to catch plenty of trout, don't beat your self to death with dry flies until you begin to see
something hatching.

If there is a problem Saturday, it  will be the water levels and flows. As I knew they would do, and as I wrote a
few days ago they would do, they increased the odds of rain on Saturday from 60 to 90% and that will
probably change to a 100 percent by Saturday morning. Lets keep our fingers crossed about the rain
amounts. I'm getting tired of fishing from the banks.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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