11/26/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:

Hatching:
1.     Blue-winged Olives
2.     Little Yellow Quills
3.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
4.     Needle Stoneflies
5.     Midges

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




Fly Fishing Strategies - Delayed:
I want to wait until tomorrow morning to write the strategy article because of the
heavy rain we are expecting to receive. At 5:00 AM this Tuesday morning, according
to the precipitation map, most of the park has only received between a half of an
inch and an inch of rain. The streams are on the way up but most of the water that
has fell probably hasn't reached the USGS stations. More importantly, most of the
rain predicted is yet to come.

At Gatlinburg, the National Weather Service is predicting heavy rain today, an inch
of snow tonight and an inch of snow tomorrow morning. At this point, the amount of
rain or snow we get is probably as much of a guess as anything. It could raise the
stream levels for only a day or two, or it is possible they could get blown out.

Fishing Tales - Cold, High Water
Very cold water (temperatures in the low to mid thirties) isn't a good thing. Very
high water isn't a good thing.
The combination of very cold water and very
high water levels makes catching a fish about as difficult as it can get.

I remember (actually I just looked it up) fishing a national B.A.S.S. tournament held in
March of 1980 in northern Mississippi (Lake Sardis) that had the worst possible
conditions anyone could imagine.  Prior to the two week tournament (off-limit) period,
I remember pulling my boat up to the lake from Mobile, Alabama and catching very
high numbers of bass each day. I had never fished it prior to that. I caught lots of
bass just about any and everywhere I pre-fished the lake. Unfortunately, that turned
out to be a complete waste of time.

During all three of the practice days of the tournament, heavy rain fell night and day.
The lake level changed drastically each day. At the beginning of the tournament, the
lake was several feet above normal. I don't remember the numbers but I do
remember that if we were not fishing in at least twenty feet of water, we were not
fishing in what would be the normal lake. If you fished anything shallower than that,
you were fishing what normally would be dry land. We were fishing what was
normally pastures or woods.

Worse than the high water was the fact that when the rain ended just prior to the first
tournament day, the weather turned very cold and
the water temperature
dropped drastically
. The water temperature never reach forty degrees during the
entire tournament. In other words, we were trying to catch bass in ice cold water out
in the middle of hay fields or timber (woods) that was normally a long way from the
lake.
We were fishing during a flood. The lake was flooded and the gates were
open at the dam trying to drop the levels to prevent additional flooding.

I don't remember the daily result, of course. There were three tournament
competition days, but I do remember that more than half of the field failed to catch a
measuring bass. I also remember a very few guys weighted in a limit of bass. I do
remember that Roland Martin fished all three days upstream in a creek that would  
normally be several miles from the lake. In fact, most everyone was fishing water in
places that were normally well out of the banks of the lake, some as much as several
miles from the normal lake level contour lines.

I didn't catch a measuring bass (14 inches) during the tournament. I just remember
there were a few guys that managed to catch bass in spite of the harsh conditions.
It
was freezing cold and we were fishing red, muddy water in places where
cows would normally be grazing or squirrels building their nest.
One of the
days, and maybe two of them, I remember fishing in the woods. The trees were half
in the water and half out. It would have been much easier to catch a squirrel than a
bass. We were actually fishing in the tops of trees normally twenty or more feet off
the ground.

My friend Roland Martin (but not friend enough to tell me where he was fishing
mind you) won the tournament with a three day, 7 bass per day, 14 inch min. length
that totaled 29 pounds and 3 ounces. The story goes that he destroyed a new
Ranger bass boat and Merc engine driving it over logs and flooded timber to get to
where he found some clear water.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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