Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
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
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
I wrote a report yesterday on the weather and stream conditions. This morning I noticed that the weather
forecast for the Gatlinburg area has been changed substantially. Yesterday, I had hopes that the streams
would fall enough to be in decent shape for fishing this coming weekend, but the odds of that happening are
very low. At least most of the thunderstorms they are predicting will be isolated, and It is still possible some of
the stream may be in good enough shape to fish, but I certainly wouldn't plan on that being the case.
They are showing a 40% chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon. Wednesday, they
say showers and thunderstorms are likely with the chance of precipitation at 60%. Thursday,they are showing
showers and thunderstorms are likely with the chance of precipitation at 70%.
Friday, should be sunny with only a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms but that appears to be
too little to late.
If things change and it looks like areas of the park can be fished in the near future, I will suggest some
strategies, but right now I feel like I'm waisting your and my time.
Note: Some fly fishing you might be able to do successfully
Any knowledgeable bass angler knows one of the best times to fish lakes is when the water is rising. When rain
raises the level of a lake at this time of the year, bass often feed right on the banks of the newly flooded areas.
Dingy, off colored water improves the situation. As long as the water along the banks isn't too muddy, the
largemouth bass will continue to feed right on the banks, especially very early and late in the day when the
water is cooler.
If you fish the banks with a fly, make it a large, noisy, flashy, chartreuse streamer. You can't make to much
noise or disturbance with the fly. The more the better.
There's one other thing the knowledgeable bass anglers knows. As soon as the water starts to fall, the
largemouth will move off the banks to deeper water. In most southern TVA lakes, this would be around the
three to five foot levels wherever the most cover exist. It the water starts to become clear and the skies are
clear and it is sunny, they may move much deeper, depending on the clarity of the water and water
temperature at various depths of the lake. Catching them on the fly is an entirely different thing, requiring an
entirely different method of fishing when that happens.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
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