07/29/13

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






Weather and Stream Conditions - Coming Week
I did an update on last week's weather and stream conditions on Thursday. I did so
because I wanted to confirm the conditions nearer the weekend due to the amount of rain
forecast for the first part of last week. We got through the first part of the week without
substantial increases in the flows but the forecast changed and continued showing a 60%
chance of rain through the weekend. Just as I predicted, the streams did continue to fall
on Thursday and Friday and the rain the park received over the weekend wasn't enough
to adversely affect the stream levels; however, I'll admit I had to keep my fingers crossed,
hoping my advice turned out to be good.

Weather for the month of July has been good to the trout but not good for anglers.
Contrary to what I read on a local fly shop fishing report, except for the year of the bad
drought, this has been the worst July for anglers fishing the park that I have witnessed in
the last twelve years. There hasn't been over three or four days during the entire month of
July that the major streams could be safely waded. Anglers were forced to fish them from
the few clear areas along the banks. The small streams were always an alternative but
even so, many were too high to wade and those that could be safely waded were high and
required a lot of maneuvering around and just plain hard work to fish. Instead of easily
catching 20 to 40 brook trout a day, anglers were showing off 4 inch brook trout and
bragging about catching six.
The truth of the matter is, July hasn't been a good
month for anglers.
I do think the high water table is going to really help the streams
during the month of August and September - at least I think it will. So far, I don't see any
change in the wet weather trend in the near future.

Today is going to be very nice with a high in Gatlinburg of only 81. Tuesday will also be
clear and maybe just a little warmer. The streams will continue to fall.

There's a fifty percent chance of showers and thunderstorms on Wednesday and
Wednesday night. They reduce the odds for Thursday to forty percent.

The forecast calls for sunny conditions on Friday with a high near 89. They do show a
thirty percent chance of showers and thunderstorms returning for Saturday and Sunday
but I'm sticking my neck out and predicting conditions will be good again next weekend. In
fact, they should be good all week except for a possible rise in the levels in the streams of  
some watersheds due to rain Wednesday and Thursday. I just don't think the rain will
adversely affect all the streams and if so, only temporarily.

All in all, I think it is as good of a forecast as we can expect.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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