Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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. Eastern Pale Evening Duns
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)
11. Inch Worms
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - #2 Report for the Coming Week
I mentioned yesterday, that I would be doing another report on the stream conditions that hopefully, would
be more accurate. Based on what the weather guys were predicting early yesterday morning, I was under
the assumption the streams would be much higher than they are. Yesterday's 100 percent chance of rain for
the entire day turned out to be bad wrong. The rain ended about the middle of the morning. I'm certainly not
complaining because we missed the bullet. It could have been much, much worse.
The new forecast is out and basically says there's about a 40 percent chance of rain for today and
tomorrow; 20 percent on Thursday; back to 40 percent on Friday; and a 50 percent chance on Saturday.
Meantime, if it doesn't rain much more, the streams will be dropping, but dropping slowly due to the high
I think the bottom line to the weather forecast from now through the weekend is they don't have
a clue whether it is going to rain or not rain. It's about worthless as far as I'm concerned. They know the
current low will crawl off during the next two days, then a day will go by with low chances of rain on
Thursday, but get ready to welcome a new frontal system that will bring a chance of rain again for the
weekend. I'll bet my lucky charm that the chances for rain this weekend will be increased.
I guess you can tell that I am highly aggravated. My best advice is to watch the weather radar. Under
these conditions, it is the only information worth a flip.
It sure looks like the water levels will remain high all week and weekend but that's purely a guess. Your not
going to get much help from the weather experts. When it is pouring down, they will say the chances of rain
is 100 percent. I know I'm being a little unfair. I know that rain from low pressure systems that crawl around at
the speed of a snail are difficult to forecast.
Maybe the streams will fall enough to safely wade soon, or even better for our visiting anglers, at least
during the coming weekend.
A good note is the high water makes it much easier to catch trout. High water means the water is
flowing fast and the trout don't have much opportunity to examine your flies very closely. It can even cover
up slight mistakes in your presentation. The downfall is when it too high to wade, your limited to casting from
open areas on the banks, or fishing the very small streams in the high elevations.
Another good note is the streams are full of food that is easy for the trout to acquire. That means
there's a good variety of insects that are hatching.
Another less important factor is the water temperature is high enough for the trout to be active
enough to feed wherever they desire. You don't have to fish flies you can't see to trout you can't see in
holes out of the fast current on the bottom.
Beware: Even when the water is flowing fast, trout can usually determine something they should eat from
something they shouldn't eat. I always get a kick out of hearing or reading where someone caught ten or
fifteen trout and missed thirty. That simply means the trout were rejecting their flies at the last split second.
Your may catch a dozen trout on a Purple People Eater fly under these conditions and be happy
as Dracula at a blood drive, just be aware that if you had used a fly that better resembled the
naturals, you probably should have caught thirty.
You will absolutely increase the number of hookups using Perfect flies as opposed to generic, ago old fly
patterns. I will provide a strategy tomorrow, I promise.
New Schedule of Daily
Mondays: Weather and Stream
Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
More Options For Selecting Flies:
1. Email us with the dates you will be
fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a
2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.
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