12/12/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:

Hatching:
1.     Blue-winged Olives
2.     Midges

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





Fly Fishing Strategies and Weather/Stream Update:
Notice that on this past Tuesday, I said the chances of rain shown for Friday as
50% at that time, would be increased the closer we got to Friday. It is now
shown as 80%. The National Weather Service knew that better than I. Why they
always, consistently, intentionally screw up the long range forecast is beyond me.

Today is going to be cold, at least for us Florida transplants. It is 29 degrees at
5:00 AM and the high today in Gatlinburg will only reach about 33. Tonight's low
will be about 22.

Friday's high will jump back up to a much better 49 degrees with a low that night of
33. However, along with the warmup comes a 60% chance of rain and snow. The
chances of precipitations goes up to 80% for Saturday along with a high
temperature of 48 degrees. The chances of rain and snow for Saturday night and
Sunday is shown at 60%.

That probably reads worse than the actual conditions will be. It could close a few
roads in the park but from a fishing standpoint, the environmental conditions for
Saturday and Sunday should be considered good. As long as you can get to the
water in the lower elevations of the park, and as long as the stream levels continue
to drop, you should be able to catch a few fish Saturday and Sunday.

The high flows really hammers one's effort to keep a fly drifting slowly through the
deeper holes in the bottom of the stream where the fish hold out of the current.
One trick I have used to accomplish that is using a short dropper tied off a heavy
tippet with a heavy weight attached to it. This will allow you to keep a tight line and
drift a small BWO nymph or midge larva or pupa imitation right on the bottom but
with the weight 12 to 18 inches from it. You have to flip cast the heavy rig. When a
trout grabs the tiny fly, it isn't as likely to feel the heavy weight. However you try to
rig it, the fly needs to drift very, very slowly through the deepest holes in the
bottom substrate, unaffected by the upper column of fast, stronger currents. This
takes a lot of time and really decreases the odds of catching numbers trout due to
the time factor but done right, it will produce.

Other than size 20 BWO nymphs and size 20/22 midge larvae and pupae
imitations, the only fly I can recommend would be a streamer. I think the sculpin
imitations are the best streamers to use in the Smokies.
Our Brown Sculpin and
White Belly sculpins are good ones. We also have white, yellow and black
marabou sculpin streamers along with some
generic Matuka sculpin flies in Olive
and Black colors as well as several other generic streamers.

Again, if the streams continue to drop and the Friday night and Saturday rainfall
amounts are not significant, Saturday could be a good winter day to fish the
Smokies. Those who have never tried to fish during the colder weather months of
the year in the Smokies, may be pleasantly surprised. Fishing two or three hours
during the warmest part of the day can be a very enjoyable thing to do. Just be
careful, and if fishing from the banks don't slip or fall into the water. That could ruin
you day. If the stream levels get low enough to wade, and they are current not low
enough, the same thing applies.
Keep your wading belt tight and if you do take
a dip, at least your waders won't fill up with water quickly and make things a lot
worse.
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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