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
Fly Fishing Strategies- Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
I cannot determine any difference in the strategies I am suggesting for the coming
week than those I suggested for the previous week. The weather conditions are very
similar except it may get just a little warmer during the day. The water will be getting
lower and that will make a little tougher on presentation but the flies and strategies
should be the same.
I'm breaking the strategies into two parts, like the week prior to this, depending on the
elevation and type of water you fish. This is because at the current time of the year,
the most available and plentiful food differs in the streams located in those two ranges
Again, I would like to mention that if the water temperature reaches about 65 degrees
or higher, you should find another location at a higher elevation. The trout will become
sluggish between 65 and 70 degrees. At 70, they will become lethargic. This is caused
by a lack of dissolved oxygen.
The weather forecast shows the high air temperatures for the Gatlinburg area will
range in the mid to high eighties the coming week. Except for early in the mornings,
this will probably limit the fishing opportunities to the middle or high elevations.
In the middle elevations and middle to larger size streams, I suggest you use a
Mahogany Dun nymph in the mornings and up until you see something hatch. At this
time, there are more of them available for the trout to eat than any other nymph or
larva. That will change back to Blue-winged Olives and Slate Drakes in a couple more
weeks, but for now, I would go with the Mahogany Duns. They are crawler nymphs and
cannot hide very well from hungry trout. They are currently hatching. If it's a bright
clear day, you shouldn't expect great results for the Mahogany Duns. The hatches are
less intense and much more difficult to fish. In fact, you may want to switch to a Slate
Drake nymph if there is a lack of shade or cloud cover.
You may also see some Little Yellow Stoneflies in the middle elevations. If you spot any
adults, it means they are hatching and I suggest you fish a Little Yellow Stonefly
nymph late in the afternoon near dark. If you spot them laying eggs, switch to the adult
Other than the Little Yellow Stoneflies scenario, I would stick with the Mahogany dun
nymph until they begin to hatch (if they do), and then switch to an emerger or dun
imitation. There could also be a Mahogany Dun spinner fall but if so, it will be near
dark before it takes place. If you fish late in the day, I suggest you have a few
Mahogany Dun spinners on hand.
In the higher elevation streams and small, fast water, middle elevation
streams, I suggest a different strategy altogether. I would fish a Little Yellow Quill
nymph in the mornings and up until I spotted something hatching. Most likely that
would be Little Yellow Quills but it could also be the Needle Stoneflies. Although it is a
little early for them, both of these have started to hatch in the higher elevations. The
Little Yellow Quills normally start to hatch around the middle of the afternoon and
sometimes later. If you spot any, switch to an emerger or dun imitation of the Little
If neither of these two insects begins to hatch, you may want to switch to a Needle
Stonefly nymph about the middle of the afternoon. If you spot any Needle Stoneflies
laying eggs, switch to an adult imitation. Remember, when they are flying, the little
Needle stoneflies look more like caddisflies than stoneflies.
You may also find some Little Yellow Quill spinners from the previous day's hatch
showing up late in the day. Sometimes, the spinners from the day before appear
during the same time of the current day's hatch. Their light colors make both the duns
and spinners easy to spot.
I should also mention that if your fishing the small, headwater streams, you can also do
quite well fishing a dun imitation of either the Cream Cahills (which previously hatched)
or the Little Yellow Quill duns that are currently hatching in some of the streams. The
brook trout and small rainbows feeding in the fast water are not as picky as the larger
rainbows and brown trout.
Keep in mind, the strategies I'm suggested are based on increasing your odds of
success or catching the highest number of trout possible, not the largest size trout.
You may prefer to fish dry flies more than the above strategy suggested, but again,
the strategies are for catching the most numbers.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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