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 - Fishing In The Snow
I haven't been able to see outside this morning. It is still dark as I am writing this, but
according to local TV reports, the Smokies got some snow yesterday and last night.
They are reporting about a half of an inch in the higher elevations. When I noticed
my above schedule calls for me to write a fishing tale, the following came to mind
A few years ago, Angie and I were in Colorado the entire month of April, fishing
several different streams across the state. It was near the end of the month and we
had found a very fancy sky resort in Veil that had only a few vehicles in the parking
lot, so we stopped to check on the rates. We knew the ski season had closed
and knew we could get a good deal on a nice room.
I woke up the next morning, looked out the window and noticed our little Ford
Truck in the parking lot was under two feet of snow (actually 22 inches according to
the news) along with everything else, of course. One thing I didn't do, was pay any
attention to the weather forecast the day before, so the snow came as a complete
About noon that day, we noticed snow plows had cleared the parking lot, so we
cleaned the snow off our truck and decided we would check things out. We knew the
I-40 interstate was closed from the Eisenhower tunnel but we were excited to go play
in the snow. Studying the map, I figured the only trout stream we might have a
chance to get to would be Gore Creek, one we planned on fishing anyway, so we
set out to give it a try.
After a scary drive, we managed to get to what, according to sign, was a parking lot
at a public access to Gore Creek. We couldn't pull but a few feet off the main road
and couldn't enter the parking lot still covered with snow, but we could see the tree
lined stream about fifty yards away. It was surrounded with giant, beautiful homes
except for the parking lot area, which was still under 20 inches of snow.
I rigged up my rod with a strike indicator and a nymph and headed (plowed our way)
to the creek so Angie could get some video and slides of me fishing in the snow. It
was a beautiful scene and we found the creek was flowing fast and clear. Of
course, being about 20 degrees, I figured my fly line would freeze in the guides, but
I thought I could get some nice photos.
When I reached the edge of the stream at a clearance between the trees along the
bank, I knew getting off the bank and down into the water would be tricky. I took my
time and tried to hold onto a little bush. As I started to step down into the water my
feet came out from under me. I slid about five feet on my rear and landing in about a
foot of water. There I was, sitting on the bottom of Gore Creek. Finally, getting my
balance enough to get back up on my feet, I noticed the bottom was mostly cobble
and looked from one to two feet deep, so I started wading a few steps upstream to
where I was clear of the bushes and trees enough to make a cast.
I don't remember the number of cast i made, but I don't think it was over eight or ten,
when the next thing I noticed was my strike indicator shooting underneath the
surface. I though the nymph had hung the bottom, so I gave it a snatch to free it and
that resulted in a nice rainbow trout jumping about two feet out of the water. I wasn't
expecting to catch anything. I was just casting with Angie running the video
camera trying to get some nice footage of fishing in the snow.
The trout, which turned out to be about 12 inches long, jumped all over Gore Creek
before I got it almost close enough to reach. It turned out to be what I call a quick
release, meaning it got off just a second or so before I could get my hand on it. I
was excited as a five year old kid catching his first fish.
I checked my fly line and guides and sure enough, ice was clogging the guides. I
made a few more cast with Angie yelling at me all the time, begging me to get out of
the water. She was on the bank with the video camera about to freeze while I was
playing in the water. Finally, she left and headed back to the truck across what was
probably a paved parking lot. The water in Gore Creek, which is a pure freestone
stream (tributary of the Eagle River), was much warmer than the air. It was much
warmer in the creek than on the bank.
I finally, crawled out of the creek, pulling myself up by the limbs on a bush. I couldn't
get out of the stream like you normally would. The banks were covered with ice and
snow. It took me several minutes to get out of the water and by the time I managed
to do so, I was about frozen.
It was one of those little fishing experiences I will never forget. It also proves, it's
usually more about the experience than the catching.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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