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Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
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)
More Smoky Mountains Fishing Reports:
Incredible Offshore Fishing Event:
I may as well continue to break the above schedule and provide a smorgasbord of fishing reports, bug I.D.
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report:
First, I will have to go to work getting Derek Porter his own floor in the Gatlinburg Guinness Book of World
Records Museum. He did manage to catch some trout in the flooded Cataloochee Valley. I mentioned
yesterday, that Derek and his North Carolina friend, Tom Hash, started fishing right at the just the wrong
time last weekend. They didn't get wet. They started when the creeks were flowing out of their banks. Not
only did they catch some trout, Derek got a grand slam as well as a nice 14-15 inch brown trout.
Last email I got at 2:30 said the creek was at 464cfs. Water is more clear than I would have figured but it is
ripping. Using a double nymphs rig with #12 bh tellico on top and your PED nymph below. Caught 2
rainbows on the tellico and got the slam on your PED nymph. we fished about 1 hr on palmier above the
rough creek fork and right at the Palmer church. I know you salt water guys (I think he is referring to me) like
to do crazy stuff like catch marlin on 10lb test, etc. I wonder if we were the only guys dumb enough to be
fishing gsmnp today?
Hi James - just got back to Atlanta a few hours ago. We had a great trip despite the flood. Ironically I think it
was the first time I spent 4 full days in the park (Monday noon till Friday noon) without a drop of rain falling
on me yet the creek was over the bank. Flow was over 400 Monday and still at 220 this morning. I'll send a
full report over the weekend. The fly of the day was your PED nymph with 2 AB size split shot! I tried to send
a note to you Monday night from camp but we never got signal. It might have arrived today.
I caught a personal best smokies fish this morning near the group campground. It was a 14-15" brown. Took
me for a run waaaayyy downstream then back up above me then he bulldogged under the far bank that was
undercut. Somehow I got him in the net before he broke off. What a special moment. I even have a
photo with your PED nymph hanging out of his lip!
A Grand Slam with the creek out of the banks flowing through the woods. The moral of this story is "You
can't catch trout laid up at home watching TV". If it rains this afternoon and tonight, and it will, you
better go fishing in the park tomorrow.
Looks like a Giant Black Stonefly shuck and a
Light Cahill. Three small black dots placed in a
row along the leading edge of the upper part of
the front of the wings would help confirm that
but there's not enough detail for me to confirm
Giant Black Stonefly shuck and a LittleYellow
Taken at night in the camp. Derek, in answer
to your question, I'm fairly certain it is one of
the many species from the Limnephilidae
family or tube-case maker caddisflies. That's
the same family our more common Great
Brown Autumn Sedge is in. There are 52
genera in that huge, diverse family. It is
possibly a Hespedrophylax genus or Silver
Striped Sedge but the stripes look a little to
narrow for that one. More likely it is a
Hydatophylax or Giant Cream Sedge, but not
enough detail is shown for me to make sure. I
know those exist in the Smokies and hatch in
the Spring. There are many large caddisflies
in this family but most of them hatch in the
Fall. They hatch at night and deposit their
eggs in very low light situations or at night, so
they represent little fishing opportunities
except as pupae.
Incredible Offshore Fishing Action: Note: The main action is in the middle of the video!
Years of fishing the offshore waters of much of the Western Hemisphere has taught me one
thing that is clear as a bell. Don't ever think you have seen it all. Offshore fishing is usually
hours of boredom interrupted by minutes of heart pounding excitement. As one guy I
interviewed for my TV program said just after he had landed a large blue marlin in a very short
time - after the fish tore the deck of his million dollar boat up , "Few white men have seen that".
There's actually a part of his comment I omitted to help protect the innocent. It never made the
This was shot during the filming of a TV show in New Zealand. The guy did a great job of
continuing to describe what was taking place on-camera.