Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies (Summer Stones)
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
Most available - Other types of food:
6. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
7. Inch Worms
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
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If you happened to be here at our home in Pigeon Forge late in the afternoon during the
past couple of days, you may have thought the streams would all be flooded. They were
forecasting flash floods and for a short time each day, it appeared that was the case.
Angie had left the car windows cracked and at one point, it was raining so hard that when
she tried to use her decor umbrella to get to the car to roll the windows up, the rain
completely collapsed it. She got soaked. I thought it was funny. She didn't. The good news
is the heavy downpours only last for about twenty minutes.
The streams have remained in excellent condition throughout the park for the past week.
Although you can safely wade just about anywhere, you should keep an eye out for the
isolated thunderstorms. They can raise the water levels in a very short time. You may hear
distant thunder and suddenly realize the level of the water is increasing where your fishing
without seeing the first drop of rain.
I mentioned last week that it is a little deceiving to look at the USGS stream charts and
data and compare the flows to the normal stream levels and flows for this time of the year.
It shows that none of the streams are flowing as low as they normally do around the first of
August. That is a good thing. Normal for this time of the year is much lower than most
anglers would prefer the levels to be.
There's about a fifty to sixty percent chance of showers and thunderstorms just about
every day for the coming weekdays That could cause some high water levels in some of
the watersheds but all in all, I think that's a good thing. What we normally worry about
during August is the lack of rain in the forecast. The forecast currently shows the odds of
rain drop to about 30% for the weekend and that too, is good. It's also subject to change.
It's difficult for the weather experts to forecast rainfall amounts very accurately beyond two
or three days in advance with the current weather patterns.
The streams are all low enough to accept a half inch or more of rain without problems. I
think the rain will come from typical summertime thunderstorms and some watersheds may
get some heavy downpours and other may miss it. From a "planning to fish" standpoint,
everything looks as good as anyone should expect. None of the weather sites are
predicting any large amounts of rain for the coming week, so I think the streams levels
will remain in good shape.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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