07/10/13

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





Fishing Tales - Stupid Things I've Done
If I wrote fishing tales about all of the stupid things I have done, I wouldn't live long enough to finish writing them
down. I'm not certain I could even finish a list of them before passing away. Anyway, this one crazy thing my
fishing buddy and I did crossed my mind this morning when I spotted a nice looking whitetail deer on the front
of a Field and Stream Magazine lying on the top of one of the piles of magazines in my office.

I'm thinking it was during the late 1970's this happened. All I can remember is we were fishing in my buddy Bill
Hudson's new bass boat and it was before they changed the running pads to popular style of the 1980s. We
were fishing Lay Lake near Clanton, Alabama, one beautiful Fall day, catching a few spotted bass when Bill
spotted a deer swimming across the lake. He picked the trolling motor up, jumped in the cockpit and cracked
the big 150 HP Merc and headed towards the deer.

We pulled up along side the frightened buck, a 6 pointer if I remember correctly. If I'm wrong on the number,
there's one thing I am absolutely positive of. It has a big set of horns. After idling along side the buck for a
couple of minutes, we came up with the idea of making a lasso out of the anchor rope to throw over its horns.
Bill and I both were thinking we could kill the deer and dress it out. It was hunting season and we could hear
dogs running deer in the background. As a matter of fact, they probably were running the one trying to cross
the lake.

We didn't stop to think about what we were going to do after we lassoed the deer with the anchor rope. We
were just taking it step at a time I guess. Bill eased up near the swimming buck and I tossed the lasso around
the horns of the buck like an All American Rodeo star. We had him good and as I begin to tighten the rope up,  
I noticed Bill had taken a fillet knife out of his tackle box, obviously planning on cutting the deer's throat. We
didn't have a gun in the boat and we probably didn't have a license to hunt deer, for that matter.

When the buck got up to the front bow of the new bass boat, it began to jerk its head violently trying to escape.
We suddenly realized its horns were cutting hunks of the gel coat finish out of the side of Bill's pride and joy
bass boat. You couldn't have damaged the front of the boat much worse with a hatchet.  Bill begin to scream,
"let him go".
Well, as hard as I tried to do it, you can't push a rope. The deer just continued hitting the
boat with its horns until Bill realized he was going to have to back away from the deer under power. By the time
he managed to do that, an area of about four feet long of the side of the boat's finish was completely ruined.

He then told me I had to cut the rope off the antlers. So, he would try to ease up within reach of the deer, so I
could do that. At that point, I did start to use some good sense. I told him there was no way I was reaching
outto the deer's thrashing horns to cut the rope. I cut it off about three feet from the horns.

We watched as the deer swam to the bank and run off into the woods - yes, with about three feet of anchor
rope still around its horns. Yes, for the next few days and maybe as long as a few years, I would every once in
a while, wake up in the middle of the night, seeing that buck running through the woods with a piece of anchor
rope still around its horns.

On the way home that day, all we could think about was how stupid we were. I think we probably argued all the
way home about who first came up with the idea. Neither one of us wanted to take the blame. It was quite clear
we both acted about as stupid and stupid can get. Looking back on it now, I know for a fact that two grown men
turned into two ten year old kids that day, and two pretty stupid kids at that.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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