Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Cream Cahills
2. Cinnamon Caddis
3. Slate Drakes
4. Little Green Stoneflies
Most available - Other types of food:
5. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
6. Inch Worms
Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
I mentioned yesterday that I would be doing another weather and stream conditions report
on Thursday or Friday of this week. The weather forecast beyond a day is changing about
every 12 hours. I leaned enough from producing a weather DVD for public schools a
couple of years ago that the situation we have now isn't easy to forecast, so I don't mean
that in a derogatory manner. Now, we have some pretty good wind blowing at times with
rain clouds moving in a southeasterly direction. They are showing a 30 percent chance of
rain for today and 60 for tomorrow. Thursday is zero change but Friday back to 40
I also mentioned that the Oconaluftee River was in the best shape of the three streams
with USGS stations but that changed yesterday and last night. It is now flowing at 720 cfs.
The other streams only received a little bounce yesterday but are still flowing high. Maybe,
just maybe, they will fall back down to good levels by Friday so that if it does rain much
more, they will be closer to normal levels. Right now, it's a big guess but looks better than
it did yesterday.
If your fishing anytime soon, I suggest you fish the headwater streams. They fall out first
and in general, are easier to wade under these conditions. The precipitation map will show
you which sections of the park get the most rain and I highly recommend you use it as well
as the three USGS stations if you plan on fishing the park anytime soon. By the way,
someone ask me via email yesterday about the Pigeon River USGS station. It is of no use
for the park. It flows entirely outside the park and doesn't really indicate the level of the
Little Pigeon River at all.
The strategy for fly fishing this coming week will vary greatly depending on the type of
water you choose to fish. By that I mean mostly small brook trout streams, or the larger
middle elevation streams.
Unless your fishing a high elevation small brook trout stream, start out in the morning
using a Slate Drake nymph. The reason for that is there are more of these large swimming
nymphs than clingers or crawlers. Continue to fish the Slate Drake nymph until you see
something hatching. Most likely that would be Cream Cahills but possibly Slate Drakes.
Keep in mind the Slate Drake duns are almost never on the water. Slate Drake nymphs
crawl out of the water to hatch. If you see any Slate Drake duns, you should continue to
fish the Slate Drake nymph imitation.
Later in the afternoon, near sunset, you may want to fish an imitation of the Slate Drake
spinner but only if you see them depositing eggs on the water.
If and when you see any Cream Cahills begin to hatch, switch to an emerger or dun
pattern of it. Let me also point out there are a few odd and end caddisfliies - Cinnamon
Sedges, Green Sedges, Little Short Horned Sedges, Little Brown Caddis, Little Sisters and
others that may show up in small quantities in isolated areas. They are usually not very
significant and that is why I'm ignoring them.
The dry fly action may continue until very late in the day, even after the hatch has ended
because the trout may continue to look for food on the surface. If it subsides, switch to a
Little Green Stonefly nymph. If you see any of the adult stoneflies during the day, chances
are they will begin to lay their eggs late in the day. Fish the nymph until you start seeing
stoneflies depositing their eggs on the surface of the water. The Little Greens will not
begin to emerge (crawl out of the water to hatch) until very late in the day.
Late in the day, after the dry fly activity slows down, you should also keep an eye out for
a spinner fall. Most likely that would be Cream Cahills but there may still be a few spinners
of other species around.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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