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)
Fly Fishing Strategies & Stream Conditions Update
The rain we received yesterday and last night was just the right amount. It brought
the streams up to spring levels again. The three streams with U.S.G.S.gauges, Little
River, Oconaluftee River and Cataloochee Creeks, can be safely waded and I expect
all of the streams in the park can be safely waded. There is still a 30% chance of
rain for today but that shouldn't amount to much.
The streams will start dropping and continue to do so through the weekend because
after this morning, there isn't any rain in the forecast. There will be clear skies and
cool fall like weather for the remainder of the week and through the weekend. The
same fly fishing strategies I outlined in Tuesday's article should work well.
One of our new customers from Atlanta, Chris Schwab, used a Perfect Fly Black
Carpenter Ant to do well on a trip he made to the Smokies last weekend. He caught
this nice rainbow on his little 3 weight fly rod. No, it didn't come from a tailwater.
Guess again. It wasn't Little River. No, it wasn't the Oconaluftee River. Wrong, it didn't
come from Blackberry Farm. It wasn't the Straight Fork either. It wasn't anywhere
close to Bryson City. It didn't come from a trout pond either.
It was caught in a very small stream an Olympic contender could almost jump across
and close enough to the park that a Javelin toss would probably reach it. No, it isn't a
lake run steelhead. Rainbows spawn in the Spring. Chris said the rainbow was
around 18 inches. He also did well fishing in the park but found it a little difficult taking
pictures of himself with fish using his iPhone.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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