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)
Weather and Stream Conditions Forecast - Coming Week
At 5:00 AM this morning it is about 60 degrees outside our home in Pigeon Forge. It
is as warm as it is going to get all day today. According to the local weather radar,
the front has cleared the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and moving on in
a southeast direction.
Today in Gatlinburg, will be sunny with highs in the low sixties with mild N.W. winds
not exceeding 15 mph. The low tonight will be in the high twenties. Tuesday's
forecast shows highs in the mid-forties to low fifties. The low will be in the mid
Wednesday will be sunny with highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s. The low
Wednesday night will be in the upper twenties to low thirties.
It should be getting a little warmer on Thursday. It will be partly sunny with a 20
percent chance of rain showers. Highs will be in the upper 40s and low 50s. Lows for
Thursday night will be in the mid 30s to low 40s.
Friday should be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain showers. Highs will
be in the 50s. There is a 50% chance of rain Friday night. I'll bet a nickel to a
doughnut, these chances are increased as the week goes by simply because they
Saturday should be mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of rain showers. Highs
will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s. There is a 20% chance of rain Saturday night.
The rain is coming from a passing cold front because Sunday will be sunny with highs
in the mid 30s to mid 40s.
This is an excellent forecast for fishing later on this week. The only thing wrong with
it is the chances of rain will increase just like they did last week. They just won't admit
it yet. This may sound like I know more than the NWS, and I don't. I'm just more
realistic where they stay ultra conservative with the rain forecast. I don't think the rain
will amount to much, but if you go back and look at last weeks forecast for Sunday,
they showed only about a 40% chance that ended up being an inch and a half
yesterday and last night. That brings me to the stream part of this report.
According to the NWS precipitation map, most of the Tennessee side of the park
received about a half to three-quarters inch of rain. A small part of the very highest
elevations got about an inch and a half. That's about perfect for what we needed.
The North Carolina side got much more, or about an inch to an inch and a half in
most places, some small areas even 2 inches.
Little River is flowing at flowing at 217cfs and headed up probably a little more. It is
2.07 feet high. These levels should be great about Thursday when the weather
warms up a little.
Oconaluftee River is at 1010cfs and falling. It is at 2.53 feet high. It appears high but
it really isn't. It will be safe to wade in a couple of days.
Cataloochee Creek is at 133cfs and falling and 2.74 high. That appears low but isn't
- 125cfs provides excellent wading conditions.
I predict that late this week and Saturday will be another great time to fly fish
the Smokies, so get off the couch and fish.
I am tickled pink. The Giant Red Headed Woodpeckers (Pileated Woodpecker)
are back again. Actually, it is three, half-grown ones that showed up. I wonder if they
belong to the pair that visited us regularly last Winter and Spring. The almost grown
ones were eating ants from some dead trees in our back yard yesterday. They are
absolutely beautiful birds and if you have never seen one, they are shockingly large.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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