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
Today's forecast calls for an 80% chance of showers with possible thunderstorms this
afternoon. Right now, at 4:37 A.M., it is raining throughout the entire park and almost
everywhere south of it. The stalled frontal situation seems to be driving the weather
experts crazy. The forecast changes about three times a day every day.
The USGS stations that show flows from the park are all stable or dropping at the current
early morning hour, but from the looks of the radar, that will change soon. Most of the
streams will probably get some color to them.
If your lucky enough to be here to fish today, don't forget your streamer fly box. Toss a
streamer in the right place and you may hear your reel's drag scream - at least I hope you
do. That's a much better sound than "snap"!
During the past week, we missed the heavy rain with most of it falling to the south and east
of eastern Tennessee/Western North Carolina. All the streams in the park got a good
dose of rain, but just enough to give them a bump and keep the levels in excellent
condition. I don't know if that's going to be the case for the next day or two. I guess it's
possible they could get high again but I seriously doubt it. That written, I'm well aware that
just a slight shift in the stalled front could do that.
They are showing a 40% chance of showers with thunderstorms for Tuesday and
Wednesday. The highs should continue to be in the low 80's, which again, is nothing short
of excellent for this time of the year.
They drop the chances of rain to 20% for Thursday and all the way through Sunday. Quite
frankly, I think that's more of a big guess than a dependable long range forecast. If it is
correct, and I hope it is, the weather and stream levels should remain in excellent
Angie and I don't have to plan a trip to the Smokies, we are already here, but for those
that may be considering it, I say get with it. It is the best August for fly fishing Great
Smoky Mountains National Park that I've ever witnessed.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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