07/05/13

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





Update on Weather and Stream Conditions
The following were the stream flows at 4:30 AM this morning for the three USGS stations that measure water
flowing from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Oconaluftee River: Flowing at 3560 cfs and 4.72 foot height. We don't recommend wading the Oconaluftee
when it's over 700 cfs.

Cataloochee Creek: Flowing at 556 cfs and 3.83 foot height. We don't recommend wading Cataloochee
Creek at over 150 cfs.

West Prong of Little River: Flowing at 903 cfs and 3.37 foot height. We don't recommend wading Little River
at over 400 cfs.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been lucky so far. There was a shift in the huge stream of moisture
coming up from the Gulf of Mexico day before yesterday. It shifted about fifty to a hundred miles to the west
putting the Nashville or central area of Tennessee in the main target. Recently, the big stream of moisture is
scattered across the southeast.

For the first time in a long time, the North Carolina side of the park received the most rain and is in the worst
shape. For the past few weeks, the Tennessee side of the park has received more rainfall amounts. The
Oconaluftee River got blown out big time on Wednesday, fell some but it is back up again today.

Cataloochee Creek has been about the only place that has provided good stream levels when other streams
have been high for the past couple of months. That too, changed on Wednesday.

The West Prong of Little River, which most people just refer to as Little River, has faired the best so far. It has
been high since Wednesday but not blown out or completely unfishable like most of the other streams. It is too
high to fish at the current time but if we get real lucky and its watershed doesn't receive much more rainfall, it
should be the first of the streams in the park to subside to wadable levels.

What happens for the rest of today and throughout the weekend is just about anyone's guess. The
situation still doesn't look good.
At this time, I honestly don't think anyone knows what areas are going to
receive the most rainfall. They have reduced the chances of rain at Gatlinburg down to 60% for today and 70%
for tonight, so maybe the streams will subside some. It does mention that some of the storms could produce
heavy rainfall.

There is an 80% chance of precipitation on Saturday. The high will only reach 80. Sunday's chances of rain
showers and thunderstorms get reduced to 70%. If the long range forecast is right, things should begin to get
back to a more normal July weather pattern next week.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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