09/19/13

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



Article Schedule Changes
Since we made and have been following the schedule of daily articles you see above
fairly closely, we looked at all the communications we have received since then to try
to determine how our site visitors were accepting the format. We were able to find 41
comments about it in previous email, about 40% of which just complimented the
change we made in having a schedule. The others suggested a few changes and/or
pointed out the things they liked the best. I thought it was a fair number of responses
since I didn't ask for any from anyone.

Throughout the year, we average about 900 visitors per day on the "Article" page of
this website. Right now it is running closer to an average of 700 which is normal for the
season. In the Spring and late Winter, we averages about 1200 visitors that visit this
page of the website. As long as even 700 people view the page a day, I consider it
worth my time to write something; however, the main reason I do is I enjoy doing it.

Our Yellowstone site draws as many overall visitors as the Smoky site but I only write a
couple of articles a month for it. Our Perfect Fly website drawing 6 times as many
visitors as both of the Smoky and Yellowstone sites combined. It has a huge number of
visitors. It is difficult for me to imagine that many people visit the site strictly on the
subject of fly fishing. Ten years ago, I would have thought that would be impossible.

I must admit, I didn't give the article format for this site much thought. I just came up
with it off the top of my head one morning when I either couldn't think of something to
write about, or I couldn't decide what to write about. I actually don't remember which. It
just occurred to me that I needed to follow some type of format.

About a week ago, I sent a reply email out to the 41 people. Most everyone responded
and most all of them gave me their ideas and opinions about it. There's one thing I
learned many years ago about fishing. You don't usually have to ask to get an opinion
about anything to do with fishing.

The bottom line to the response was very clear. Several pointed out they liked the Fly
Fishing Strategies article the most but almost all that did, responded with the fact they
felt it wasn't always current enough for their particular needs. Conditions often change
from the forecast within a week's time and depending on the particular time they fish,
they question whether or not the strategies are current enough. Personally, in 90% of
the cases, I think they are but I also get the point they need a little more confidence
and having them more timely may help accomplish that.

I'm well aware that some changes may need to be made as often as daily. On the
other hand, sometimes the basic strategy doesn't change for two or three weeks. It all
depends on the season and specific weather and stream conditions. Never-the-less,
again, I get the point. They want more current strategy articles. The thing that's very
clear is the fact they pay a lot of attention to the strategy articles, even if they are not
planning on fishing. Some are even going to the point they are printing and filing them
or bookmarking them in a folder.

I'm responding to this by having a combined Weather and Stream Conditions and Fly
Fishing Strategy Update article each Thursday. It will be an update on both Monday
and Tuesday's articles, adjusting for any changes necessary in the strategies. It will
also include fishing reports from yours truly, friends and customers. That will give the
anglers planning on fishing Saturday and Sunday, more current suggested strategies.
I still think the Monday and Tuesday articles are necessary because most out of town
visitors spend more than a weekend fishing.

The next most popular articles and ones that almost everyone of them commented
about are the Fishing Tales. Naturally, it is the one that challenges me the most, not
because I am running short on tales but because wording them well enough is a
problem for me that takes too much time. After all, as I have said many times, I don't
run short on information to write about, but not having an in-house editor, the articles
often wind up in pitiful shape. I can't spell well enough for the spell checker to work
and the King has placed a curse on me for abusing his language. I can stand on my
head an solve engineering problems, solve differential equations in the shower, but
like old MacDonald, I can't spell Cow, eieio.

The "Getting Started", "Fly Fishing School", and "This Week's Featured Trout Food"
all got honorable mention but neither stood out as more important than the other. After
all, a sampling from only 41 people doesn't prove much of anything.

I've noticed another problem. On several occasions, I have deviated from the schedule
simply because I thought of something I wanted to write about that wasn't on the
schedule. Sometimes I just add it to the article that was scheduled and sometimes I
just replace whatever was scheduled.

I have decided to move Friday's article, "Getting Started", to Saturday, and "Fly
Fishing School" to Sunday. I will drop "This Week's Featured Trout Food" as such but
include trout food articles in both the Getting Started and Fly Fishing School articles
depending on the complexity of the subject.  That will open up Friday for me to write
about whatever hits me. I'll come up with a better name for "whatever hits me" soon.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily
Articles
Mondays: Weather and Stream
Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Smoky Mountains Fishing
Report
Friday: Getting Started
Saturday: Fly Fishing School
Sunday: This Week's Featured Trout
Food
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fishing the park and we will send
you a list of our fly suggestions.
Please allow up to 24 hours for a
response.

2. Call us at 800-594-4726 and we
will help you decide which flies you
need.

3. Call or email us with a budget for
flies and we will select them and get
them to you in time for your trip.

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