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
9. Green Sedges
10. Little Yellow Stoneflies
11. Golden Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
12. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
13. Inch Worms
Memorial Day Thanks:
Please, always keep in mind, but especially on this Memorial Day, that if it were not for the many brave
solders that gave their lives serving our country, fly fishing in the Great Smoky Mountains would at best, be
only a dream. God bless all of them.
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Although the first day of Summer is June 21, almost four weeks from today, it's rather obvious from looking at
the weather forecast for the Great Smoky Mountains, Spring has sprung and Summer is here. The young
girls from Russia that arrive to work in our resort town of Pigeon Forge each year are already here, walking
past our house on their way to work each day, fully dressed in short, shorts. I'm not kidding.
Actually, it has been rather cool for the past week but it doesn't appear the nice cool mornings will continue
for very long. The low tonight in Gatlinburg will be around 58, with a high tomorrow of about 83.
Wednesday's weather looks to be about the same.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday should be sunny, with highs in the mid eighties. There's a slight
chance of thundershowers about every day but a the odds of them occurring are very low.
The stream levels have all returned to normal and in as good of shape as they could possible be in. I'm
reluctant to say conditions are perfect, but they sure appear to be great.
Opening Of Yellowstone National Park Fishing Season:
The opening day of the Yellowstone National Park fishing season was this past Saturday and as usual,
about the only stream in the park worth fishing was the Firehole River. The Madison and lower Gibbon River
were borderline, but that was and still is about it. This may sound like conditions aren't very good but it's
actually normal. Most of the park's streams are in the runoff stage. Most of them are high, muddy and cold
but that is also normal for this time of the season. The snowpack is in great shape for a good season. It's the
geysers that help warm the Firehole River and other than lakes in the park, it provides about the only early
I know many that regularly fish the Great Smoky Mountains, also fish the stream of Yellowstone. I wanted you
to know that we have a website on Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park. We also have a 4 hour long
instructional DVD on fly fishing Yellowstone National Park.
During a period of seven years, Angie and I fished the streams of Yellowstone (inside the park) for at
least a total of three weeks per year. During three of those years, we spent over a month fishing the streams
of the park and during two of them, where we made two different trips to Yellowstone, the days spent in the
park totaled almost two months of the just over, four months long season.
To be quite frank, I don't know of a guide that has spent that much time inside the park during those same
years. Most of them prefer to fish the rivers flowing out of the park because that's usually best done from a
drift boat. In other words, they make more money using their boats. We have also spent a lot of time on
those streams too but the production of the video, dictated we spend most of our time in the park.
If your planning on making a trip to Yellowstone this year, send us an email or give us a call at
800-594-4726. We will be glad to assist you with your planning and help you anyway we can.
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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