Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
1. Slate Drakes
2. Little Yellow Stoneflies
3. Needle Stoneflies
4. Mahogany Duns
5. Little Yellow Quills
6. Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7. Blue-winged Olives
Most available - Other types of food:
8. Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)
Fishing Tales - Are Bears Afraid of Smoke?
Angie's mother, who lives with us, got a call the other day from her cousin in Dallas,
Texas, telling her that the national news program she watched showed video of a
bear in the middle of downtown Gatlinburg and that people were following it taking
pictures of it. We don't watch Network TV news programs, so we missed seeing it.
It wasn't a big deal to Angie or I, but it was to her mother who is very afraid of bears.
We have them come through our yard quite frequently, and ever since one came up
to the open garage door within ten feet of her, she doesn't like going outside the
house unless one of us is with her.
I looked this up on the web to find the same news report her Texas cousin probably
Bear Walking in the Streets of Gatlinburg
This reminded me of today's fishing tale.
The first couple of trips Angie and I made fly fishing in the Smokies, I brought my
cameraman along with us to video our fishing as well as the beautiful scenery in the
park. We were living at Panama City Beach at the time and so was my cameraman
Joey. Thank goodness, I didn't catch many trout, or any large trout during those first
couple of trips because if I had, the video would have been covered with cigar smoke.
Most of the first couple of hours of video tape we have on the Smokies has smoke
blowing slowly across the screen. The few trout I did manage to catch had cigar
smoke making it appear the woods were on fire.
My cameraman, a retired Navy Seal, enjoyed smoking a cigar every once in a while.
On a normal basis, he would probably puff on one or two a day at the most. While we
were in the park fishing, it seemed that every time I looked up to see where Joey was
with the camera and tripod, he was smoking a cigar.
I can remember asking him on more than one occasion, why he was smoking so
much. I don't remember his exact reply but it was something to the effect that he just
smoked more when he was outside. I knew that wasn't true because we had been
outside several other times when he was video taping Angie and I on saltwater fishing
After the second trip was finished and we were reviewing the video back at the
beach, I continued to get upset at all the smoke. I called Joey to complain about it
when he finally admitted the problem. He said he thought the cigar smoke would
keep the bears away.
It never dawned on me that the 230 pound, X-Navy Seal was afraid of bears. Not only
was he afraid, he was scarred to death of them. Angie reminded me that he was
always looking to his rear, even when he was video taping us fishing.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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