07/30/13

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






Fly Fishing Strategies - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
I don't think you could tie a fly with a hook in it smaller than a size 10 that wouldn't catch a
trout in the streams of Great  Smoky Mountains National Park. The question is, how many
and how often. It gets down to a matter of odds. In fast water, the trout only get a quick
glimpse of the fly and with varying light conditions (shade from trees, bright sun,cloudy
conditions, early and late in the day light conditions, various water color, etc.) they can
take the fly for anything. Does this mean the particular fly you use isn't important? If you
think the answer to this is yes, that the particular fly you use isn't important, I suggest one
of two things.
Either you should enter the first grade of fly fishing for trout school,
or you should return to the lunatic asylum you escaped from - they are looking
for you.

For a change, the streams in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are in great
shape. The weather is relatively cool for the end of the month of July and the water levels
are low enough to safely wade. As I pointed out yesterday, although conditions could
change, I have high hopes of things remaining in good shape for at least the next week.
I just noticed the dog gone, dangit weather nuts increased the chance of rain
tomorrow to 80%. I hope it is light. When it starts to rain, they will make it 100%.

You shouldn't expect to be able to fish lot of aquatic insect hatches but this only means
those that do occur are even more important than they would be if multiple hatches were
taking place. Neither does it change the fact that the trout are going to feed on the most
available and plentiful supply of food. I have noticed some adult Little Green Stoneflies on
the water late in the day. It is difficult to tell if they are Chloroperlidae species (Little
Greens) or Perlodidae
Isoperla species (Little Yellow Stoneflies) but it only matters when
your imitating the nymphs. There are some differences in the nymphs but the egg laying
adults are difficult to tell apart at times. Some Little Greens are yellow and several species
are chartreuse.

The Slate Drake
(isonynica bicolor) hatches have slowed down but the nymphs are still
plentiful and active. The hatches will increase in September but imitations of the nymphs
should still be very effective in the mid to large size streams. If your fishing the high
elevation brook trout streams, you won't find many of them. Your better off fishing a Light
Cahill nymph in the mornings. You do have a good chance to encounter some Cream
Cahill hatches.

Remember, my suggestions are based on catching the most numbers of trout. Many of
you, and it often includes myself, would prefer to fish a dry fly and if so, by all means do.
You can expect some degree of success. But for the most numbers, in the mornings, fish
either the Slate Drake nymph or Light Cahill nymph, depending on the elevation. Continue
to do that until you do see something hatch which sometimes doesn't occur at this time of
the year.

In the middle and lower elevations you are also subject to see some caddisfly hatches but
I doubt any will be very intense. Most likely these will be Cinnamon Caddis or Little Brown
caddisflies. If you do, you should fish an imitation of the pupa or if it is late in the day,
chances are the hatch has ended and you would be better off fishing an adult imitation of
the egg layers.

In the middle to high elevations, in very low light conditions, you may well find a decent
Cream Cahill spinner fall  but this will only occur very late in the day. Most of the time you
will be better off (again for numbers of fish caught) using a Little Green Stonefly nymph.
They begin crawlng out of the water to hatch very late in the day
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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