09/05/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
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
8.     Grasshoppers
9.     Ants
10.   Beetles
11.   Craneflies
10.   Beetles


Smoky Mountains Fishing Report
I have not been in the park during the past week but everyone that I have talked to or
received email from during the past week have managed to catch a few trout. This
includes two of our out of town customers with very little experiencing fly fishing for
trout. That is always good news. Those with some experience fly fishing in the Smokies
have been able to make some very decent catches. Most of them fished the middle to
higher elevations.

The conditions remain excellent for this time of the year. We had a few days the high
temperature for the day was about normal for the first of September, meaning it was
hot. Most of the time the air temperature has been on the low side of normal. From
looking at the current long range weather forecast, it appears that after today, the
daily high temperatures are going to ease back up into the high eighties, even in
Gatlinburg. Lower elevations will probably see temperatures in low nineties during
the day.

In talking to customers, the only basic mistake that has been very obvious is some
fished where the water was obviously too warm. If your not going to actually measure
the water temperature, I suggest you fish the streams in the high middle to high
elevations after today.

The recent rain the park received was also good for the streams and the trout. The
streams with USGS stream data available are all running a little higher than normal
and that's also a good thing. Normal for this time of the year is very low stream levels.
Low stream flows makes it tougher on those that are still learning to fish small,
freestone streams. Higher, faster flowing water lets anglers get by with poor
approaches and presentations, not to mention using flies that are poor imitations of
the food.

By the Way - More Bug Confusion:
I keep seeing references to Trico Mayflies in the Smokies.
I think the swarms of
mayflies some anglers are seeing are Mahogany Duns, not Tricos. They are easily
confused with Tricos but upon examination of these two different types of small
mayflies, except from a distance in swarms, you will find they are very different.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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