07/25/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
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
7.     Grasshoppers
8.     Ants
9.     Beetles






Update - Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast

Finally, some good news about the stream levels and weather. The streams have
continued to fall and are in much better condition. For the past 24 hours, most of the park
received less than a quarter inch of rain with only a part of the Little Pigeon River
drainage receiving as much as a half inch.

Little River is flowing at 435 cfs and will continue to fall today and tomorrow. It could be
waded using caution today, but will be in good shape tomorrow and Saturday.

Cataloochee Creek is currently at 146 cfs and can be waded with caution. It will also be in
good shape tomorrow and Saturday.

Oconaluftee River is currently at 579 and can be waded with caution but will also be in
good shape tomorrow and Saturday.

Today is going to be a very nice day with a high in Gatlinburg of only 84. There's a slight
chance (20%) chance of rain Friday afternoon.

There is a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday. Some of the
watersheds may be affected but if so, it will probably be later in the day Saturday. The
odds increase a to 60% for Saturday night.

The odds continue at 50 percent for Sunday. The forecast for Saturday and Sunday is
typical of summertime in the Smokies. Some streams may get an increase in flows and
some probably won't. All in all, this is as good of a weather forecast as we can expect to
get. Even if we do get more rain this weekend, the streams should all be down in good
shape to receive it, in much better shape than they have been in a good while.

If you have the opportunity, head for the Smokies.  In mountain language, it's as good as
the gettin's gona get.

I checked some of the streams in the park yesterday and intended to make a few cast but
the Little Pigeon River and upper Little River were both too high to wade and I didn't pull a
rod out. I'm sick of high water levels but looking forward to the upcoming conditions. Due
to the high water levels of July, the month of August, often referred to as the dog days
of summer, may just turn out to be the best August for fly fishing Great Smoky Mountains
National Park in the last couple of decades.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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