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
The weather patterns have changed during the last few days. No longer do we need to
be concerned about more rain bringing about high water conditions. We can now
begin to worry about getting enough rain to keep the streams flowing at good levels. In
other words, the weather has changed to the normal type of weather for late August.
This has been an unusual Summer, with lots of rain and good stream levels. According
to the new Farmer's Almanac, we may be in for the same thing this coming year. That
will suit me just fine but I'm sure it won't please the people dealing with current drought
situations throughout much of the nation.
The Cool nights are a blessing in more ways that one. I just finished drinking my first
cup of coffee on the front porch and it felt like I needed a long sleeve shirt. It is 63
degrees outside. It will stay cool in the early morning at least through tomorrow. The
low in Gatlinburg tomorrow morning is predicted to be 61. The nightly lows will go back
up to average in the high 60's for the rest of the week. That's still fairly cool and will
help keep the water temperatures down. The highs will be increasing and averaging in
the high 80's. The valleys will be a little warmer. Gatlinburg is measured at 1594 feet
above sea level. The Mountains forecast for Clingman's Dome shows the high for
the coming week averaging in the low 80's and the nightly lows in the low 70's.
According to that, it isn't much different from the Gatlinburg forecast. They do show
the low right now at 66 degrees.
You can expect some slightly warmer water temperatures than we have been
experiencing. You can also expect more normal fly fishing conditions for August than
we have been experiencing.
Today's high should be near 85 with a low tonight of around 61. Tuesday should
remain mostly sunny, with a high near 87 and a low around 65. The sunshine
continues for Wednesday with a high near 88 and a low around 67. There is a slight
(20%) chance of rain.
Thursday's rain chances ease up to 30 a percent chance of showers and
thunderstorms with a high near 88. Friday, it drops back to a 20 percent chance of
showers and thunderstorms with a high near 88. Friday night's low stays fairly cool at
There's a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms on Saturday (20%) with a high
near 89 and a low around 67. Sunday's forecast increase it to a 30 percent chance
of showers and thunderstorms with a high near 89.
In summary, it is highly possible some watersheds may not get a drop of water and
some may get a good dose of water but it appears there are no major fronts bringing
much precipitation into the mountains at all.
My advise for anyone concerned with clear skies and low (normal) water conditions is
if you don't want to learn to fly fish, stay home. The days of relying on catching a few
easy to fool, high, fast water trout may not come around again until next Spring.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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