12/03/13

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 - Which Flies To Use - Coming Week
Normally, I drop the Needle Stoneflies and Little Yellow Quills off the hatching insect list
shown above the first of December but I'm leaving it up one more week. I'm doing that
because I spotted some of both yesterday. I was checking the streams out to get out of
my office for a break.  If you happen to fish the small, middle elevation streams for
rainbows and brook trout, you should still have imitations of them on hand.

Most anglers will be fishing the lower elevations. Unless you just want to target brook
trout, that's where I recommend you fish. I suggest you start with a hook size 20
Blue-winged Olive nymph, or size 20 cream midge combination (tandem) larva and
pupa imitation. If you go the midge route, the larva should be the bottom fly and the
pupa the upper fly.

Stick with either one of the two of these until you see something hatch, which may or
may not occur. If you do and it is BWOs, switch to the BWO emerger or dun, or if it is
midges hatching, you may want to try the Perfect Fly Cream Adult Midge fly. If they do
hatch and you fish very late in the day, you likely would see a BWO spinner fall. In
that case, switch to our BWO spinner. It is doubtful you will actually see them falling
because they are very difficult to see, even if they are floating on the water. A skimmer
net made for detecting spinners (most of them fit over your landing net) is a huge help
in detecting if spinners are on the water.

Rain is expected late Thursday and Friday. If it amounts to enough to stain the water,
I suggest you try a streamer, especially if your fishing a stream that has brown trout.  
The best fly for that would be either our Perfect Fly White Belly Sculpin and Brown
Sculpin.The streams of the Smokies have a lot of sculpins. It's a very good fly to use
for post-spawn brown trout.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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