06/27/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     BWOs (eastern BWOs)
2.     Cream Cahills
3.     Cinnamon Caddis
4.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
5.     Golden Stoneflies
6.     Slate Drakes
7.     Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
9.      Inch Worms
10.   Grasshoppers
11.   Ants
12.   Beetles




Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
Some thunderstorms and heavy rain passed through Pigeon Forge early this morning. We have been hit by
several during the past 48 hours. I looked back to see if the National Weather Service changed their forecast
from the previous one I based our fly fishing strategies on Tuesday to discover they have. They always start
out with low percentages for rain and increase it as it gets nearer the date the forecast is for. It seems to never
go the opposite way, meaning they don't seem to ever forecast high percentages for rain and then reduce
them as it nears the forecast time. Anyway, the result is there's going to be more water in some of the streams
today and tomorrow than I anticipated.  

Little River is currently flowing at 1040 cfs and a 3.56 height. It will probably continue to rise more than that this
morning. The heavy rain that passed through here this morning is now over the NC/Tenn line through the park
and moving to the N.C. side. So far, the N.C. side of the park has received less but that may change in the
near future. Hum! I just looked at the Oconaluftee River and it is already rising fast.  It is now at 900 cfs and
2.44. At the present time (7:00 AM) Cataloochee Creek is flowing at 85 cfs and 2.49 feet. It is in great shape
now but it is only a guess at to what may happen there in the next few hours.

The National Weather Service is now showing a warning that some of the thunderstorms may produce strong
winds and up to a 1/4 inch of rain. At the same time their precipitation map is showing some areas near the
park has received over 2 inches of rain. Somebody should wake up this morning and fix the very obvious
stupid reports - well, maybe they are on break, at a convention, or taking sick leave today.

I took, didn't have but took, the opportunity to fish a little in the park twice this week. I fished day before
yesterday afternoon from around 2:00 to near sunset. I intended to fish until dark but got hit by a downpour
and with my rain jacket at home in the closet. I started on the upper Oconaluftee River, which was in great
shape, and made my "hit and run" approach to see what I could discover. I got two rainbows and a small brown
on the Ocon and moved to Walkers Camp Prong. There I waded about fifty yards and caught four brook trout.
My next stop was at the first Sugarland parking area headed downhill. There I failed to catch a single trout but
only fished about 45 minutes. I headed over to Little River and made three or four cast only to get soaking wet.
All in all, I did far more driving than fishing. I spotted a few Cahills on the Oconaluftee and that was it for any
insects hatching. I missed the best part of the day thanks to the rain.

Yesterday, in the early afternoon, I tried the Middle Prong of Little Pigeon River, locally know as Greenbrier. I
fished about an hour and a half and caught 5 small rainbows. I left early to get back to work. The few email
reports and conversations I have had during the past week with anglers fishing the Smokies seemed to be
much more positive than anytime this year. I think everyone has been able to enjoy some success the past few
days. There also seems to be fewer anglers fishing the park than there should be. Probably many of them are
in the backcountry and I just haven't spotted them.

We have been slammed with fly orders nationwide this last weekend and so far, this week. Much of the activity
has stemmed around the Yellowstone area but for the most part, it is scattered over the western,
mid-western and New England areas of the country.  The runoff on the middle Rockies seems to be subsiding
and that area has recently come alive.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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