10/23/13

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
7.     Blue-winged Olives

Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)





Fishing Tales - Email That Makes My Day
Teaching others to fish has been a lifetime endeavor for yours truly. Production
of TV fishing programs and instructional fishing videos, tournament fishing, and
the promotion of boating and fishing product has been my full time profession
since 1980. The majority of the last twelve years of that time has been involved
with producing nineteen instructional videos on fly fishing for trout. The last four
years have been consumed with starting a new fly business (Perfect Fly) for my
young wife Angie.

At times, I wonder if I have lost my mind, starting and growing a new business at a
late stage of my life. Not only did I start a new business, I selected a great time to
do it - right in the middle of a recession when fly shops were going out of business
as fast as mayfly spinners drop out of the air. At an age (70) that's years beyond
the time most people retire, I chose to start a new business. The good part of the
bad news is that since doing so, I have watched Perfect Fly sells more than double
each year for the past three years in a row. Perfect Fly has not only become a
large and very successful fly business, we are also manufacturing and selling fly
rods and a few other items.

At the same time during the last several years (since living near the Great Smoky
Mountains), I have maintained this website on fly fishing the Smokies. I'll admit it
helps the sells of Perfect Fly product to some extent, but sells are just as good
from coast to coast, in other parts of the nation. It would probably be considered a
smart business move if I stopped spending time on this website and concentrated
only on Perfect Fly. That written, I've always been one to spend more time doing
the things I wanted to do than the things that may have been a smarter business
thing to do. Yesterday, I was pondering around with these types of thoughts when I
received the following email, which by the way, relates directly to this website. As I
read it, it immediately removed any and all of the doubt about the value of the
website. It isn't unusual. I receive similar email on a regular basis. It just rang a bell
in an empty space in my mind. Value shouldn't be measured in dollars.
To me,
this is a very valuable email.
An email that makes me feel very good. An email
that makes me feel like I contributed in helping someone else see the true value of
fishing.

Read your article today and wanted to give you a quick trip report...Brian (have
mentioned him before in emails) and I fished one of our favorite Brookie streams
last Thursday...there were tons of Needle Stones in the air most of the
day...noticed an interesting phenomena with these stones...as you may recall, it
was overcast and rainy that day but in the afternoon the clouds began to break off
and on.  When the sun would break through the clouds and come through the
trees for a few minutes the air around the stream was filled with needle stone
adults...so much so they were almost annoying like gnats can be...then the clouds
would roll in and block the sun and they would disappear as quickly as they came.

I caught multiple fish on three different flies Thursday...1) a Perfect Fly Needle
Stone adult, 2) a Perfect Fly BWO dun and 3) a generic BH green weenie.  Tried
the PF Yellow sally adult when they started egg laying activity around 530 but had
no takers...only a few risers.  I would say that the Needle stones were a bit smaller
than the ones I had in my box...I think the perfect size would have been an 18 and
no bigger than a 16...the ones i was snatching out of the air were definitely smaller
than what I was fishing.  Brian did ok as well...he had fish on a yellow neversink
caddis, a pink weenie dropped under a large parachute adams and had fish
ignore the dropper and take the adams.

Almost all the action came from the slack water in the pools.  The fish were holding
in the calmer, more difficult to get a drag free drift water.

The most interesting point of the day came while Brian was fishing a small slow
deep pocket.  As we approached we could see 4-5 fish holding in the pocket.  
Brian put his dropper combo in perfect position and had one take his dry fly while
others inspected the pink weenie. Thinking he was finished with that pocket we
started to move on...but I told him I could still see fish holding there...he continued
with several more casts into the head of the pocket but with only one or two looks
at his offering.  The most interesting part was when I noticed two fish holding close
together and occasionally darting back and forth under each other...I immediately
pulled out my camera and began capturing video of the underwater dance.  We
were only 8-10 feet from the two fish as I videoed the dance for about 3 mins...it
was an amazing experience to watch the courting process in the wild...I kind of had
a Marlin Perkins moment there on the creek!  I need to figure a way to get a copy
of the video to you for your enjoyment as well.  I think I can put it in my Drop Box
and send you a link so you can download at your leisure...or maybe I will just put it
on a thumb drive and mail it to you.

All in all, it was a great day...the numbers of fish were not impressive and I think
their interest in the no-pants-dance played a large role in their attitude towards
eating.  Typically, the rising action is nonstop with the wild Brookies...if the
catching does not thrill, the continuous action never disappoints.  They were
noticeably calm last Thursday...with that in mind, we plan to stick to rainbow waters
until the Brookies spawn is over.  They should be ready to eat sometime late next
month though!!

Russ
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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PS:
Until Angie and I discovered Needle Flies in the Smokies, developed a specific
imitation of the nymph and adult, and started writing about them, I had never heard
or read anything about their existence in the Smokies. As a matter of fact, I still
haven't. The Needle Fly, Leuctridae family, is one of the more plentiful stoneflies in
the park's streams. On another note, spawning brook trout aren't really interested
in eating anything and when they do take a fly, it's to kill it or move it away from
their redd.