09/23/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
6.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
Most available - Other types of food:
7.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
8.     Grasshoppers
9.     Ants
10.   Beetles
11.   Craneflies




Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
The rain we got on Saturday brought all the stream levels up in the park. Little River
is currently flowing at 251 cfs at 2.13 feet. That put it in great shape and at much
higher level than is normal for this time of the year.

Cataloochee is flowing at 63 cfs at 2.37 feet high. That is a very good level for it.
Notice, the stream level is higher on Cataloochee than Little River. That can be
deceptive. Cataloochee is actually running comparatively lower than Little River.

The Oconaluftee River is flowing at 408 cfs at 1.69 feet. In terms of wading, that's
about the same as Little River. It too, is in very good shape for his time of the year.

Now, here come the tough to predict part. The National Weather Service is showing
the following predictions for the coming week at Gatlinburg.

Today's high should be near 77 with a low of around 54 with no chance of rain.
Tomorrow (Tuesday) should be about the same except they are showing a 50%
chance of showers and thunderstorms for Tuesday night, Wednesday and
Wednesday night. That's a little scary. I hate it when they do that. I am willing to bet a
dime to a token that gets increased. If it doesn't, it will be unusual. It could mean it will
rain just enough to keep the streams in great shape and it could mean it could rain
enough to blow them out.

The high Thursday should be about 79 and the chances of rain are reduced to 20%.
Friday's forecast is for sunny skies with a high near 82 and a low that night of 58.
The forecast for Saturday is about the same.

I'm glad I changed the "Schedule of Daily Articles" to start allowing for any necessary
late week changes in the suggested strategies and stream conditions that I post on
Mondays and Tuesdays. I'll be updating the conditions and strategies on Thursday
for those planning to fish during the weekend.

This is continuing to be quite an unusual September.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
New Schedule of Daily
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Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
Tuesdays: Fly Fishing Strategies -
Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Wednesday: Fishing Tales
Thursday: Fly Fishing Strategies and
Weather/Stream Conditions Update
Friday: Whatever Hits Me
Saturday: Getting Started
Sunday: Fly Fishing School
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