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
Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
According to what I hear, there were quite a few anglers fishing the park during the past weekend but I've
only had a chance to talk to three of them. I drove through the park from Townsend to Gatlinburg and during
another trip, up to Newfound Pass near the end of last week, but I didn't see as many anglers fishing as I
expected to see. I'm sure it was different during the weekend. I also know some of the ones I previously
talked to were planning on camping and fishing in the backcountry.
One of our regular customers, a North Carolina anger, reported doing great fishing the Cataloochee Valley
this past weekend. He caught a grand slam each of the two days he fished as well as plenty of rainbows and
brook trout. He did best using the Light Cahill dun during the day and Little Yellow Stoneflies late in the day.
Another visiting angler from Florida who fished Straight Fork and Oconaluftee, didn't do so well. He only
managed a few trout during his trip and seemed to be disappointed, expecting better results. I feel fairly sure
he was simply just expecting too much, considering the very little experience he has fishing the small streams
of the park. Some anglers tend to read or hear how great the fishing is, how perfect the conditions are, etc.,
and consequently, expect to be able to catch a lot of trout with little knowledge about, or experience in, what
they are doing. In ninety percent of such cases, it gets down to one major thing - they are spooking the trout.
This is usually a results of their not concealing their presence (staying hidden) or making sloppy
I spotted one angler last week who was fishing in a downstream direction. I stopped to see if he was just
making a cast or two to a trout he may have spotted rising but that wasn't the case. He was actually fishing
(progressing) in a downstream direction. It was obvious he didn't know any better.
One gentleman I talked to from Ohio, did very well fishing the Middle Prong of the Little Pigeon River. He
reported catching a lot of rainbow trout as well a few brookies.
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Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
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Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
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Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
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