04/25/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    BWOs (Little BWOs)
2.    Giant Black Stoneflies
3.    Light Cahills
4.    Cinnamon Caddis (mostly Abrams)
5.    Hendricksons/Red Quills
6.    Little Short-horned Sedges
7.    American March Browns
8.    Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams)
9.    Little Yellow Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
10.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)






Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
The conditions for fly fishing in the park have been stable and good for the last two or three days and the
few guys I have talked to are catching a few trout.

There seems to be a lag in the hatches and I'm sure it is due to the drastic changes in the weather patterns
the past couple of months. Many insects that should of hatched in March - the Quill Gordons, Blue Quills
and Little Black Caddis, were late starting and when they did, they turned out to be sporadic hatches
because of the cold fronts and resultant drops in water temperature. We then went through a very warm
spell and other species of insects such as the American March Browns, Hendricksons/Red Quills, and others
started hatching early but only to be interrupted by drastic changes in water temperature due to more cold
fronts.

I think the crazy weather patterns are over for the Smokies. According to the long range weather forecast,
the near future is looking great for fly fishing opportunities. This area was not the only area of the nation to
be affected by weird weather patterns. While there are droughts in much of the nation, it is flooding in the
Mid-west and snowing a day or two ago in Michigan.

Contrary to what I wrote a week ago, and contrary to my wishes, I have only been a couple of times during
the past week and the total time fishing has been less than two hours. I was able to catch one baby trout the
first time and three little ones the other time. I did a little wading for the first time in a long time, fishing one of
the smaller streams along highway 441. That produced a brookie and two small rainbows rather easily.

According to some of our Perfect Fly customers, what is currently emerging depends strictly on where you
are fishing in terms of elevation. That makes perfect sense. They are catching brook trout in the middle to
higher elevations, rainbows from the lower elevations to the higher elevation small streams, and a few
browns in the lower and middle elevations.

I know of five groups of anglers that will be fishing starting today and tomorrow. One group is from Florida,
one from Indiana, another from New Jersey , and two groups are from Georgia. I should have some good
reports next week. Most of them are experienced anglers and unless they change their minds, they all will be
fishing in different areas of the park.

The best advice I can give anyone reading this is to come to the Smokies as soon as you can. It won't be
long before a completely different set of excuses will be echoing through the mountains. Too many tubes,
too hot, the water is too low, or the barometer is upside down. We have another chance of rain headed this
way, but unless that turns out to be much more than the experts are predicting, stream levels should remain
in good shape.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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