Note: Just because an insect is listed below doesn't mean it is hatching. Trout eat the insects in
pre-hatch conditions as nymphs and larvae, not just duns or adults. These are the insects and
other food you should be concerned with at this particular time.
1. Blue-winged Olives (Baetis) - sparse hatches
2. Blue Quills - hatching
3. Quill Gordons - hatching
4. Little Black Caddis - hatching
5. Winter Stoneflies - sparse hatches
6. Little Brown Stoneflies - hatching (some are almost black)
7. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
8. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
I was checking out the weather forecast for the next few days trying to determine
how the weather is going to affect the water levels and temperatures. If the weather
forecast, both short and long term holds out for the next ten days, it should be an
interesting time to fly fish.
Tomorrow's high in Pigeon Forge is supposed to be around 78 degrees. As you
know, that is very warm for the 10th of March. Unseasonable weather always
concerns me. It almost always means bad or dangerous weather is on the way.
Rarely will it ever be unseasonably warm in the spring (this is actually late winter)
without something going wrong shortly thereafter. I don't know if it would be tornado
type weather, blackberry winters, or flooding waters but it seems to me there is
always something wrong with summer weather occurring during the winter. I am not
predicting anything bad is going to happen. I am just saying there will be some
interesting weather changes that adds to the challenge of catching fish.
Beyond tomorrow the forecast is calling for showers during the 10 day long range
forecast period. It also calls for the weather to cool off to more normal temperatures
with highs in the low fifties and lows in the mid thirties. The hatches should continue
in the lower elevations but they may be delayed some in the higher elevations. It
won't hold the insects up much though. It is near the end of their one year cycle. It
will probably scatter and distribute the timing of the hatches at any one location in a
difficult to predict manner. I guess we will just have to wait and see about the water
levels. I don't think anyone could rightly complain if the water stayed high for a
month. I know I want be complaining about it.
I recently did an instructional DVD on a handheld Bushnell GPS unit with the
capability to display weather information. It not only provides the normal stuff,
forecast, temperatures, wind speeds, etc., it actually overlays the NOAA weather
maps over the land maps. You can see what is happening out in the woods the
same as you can at your computer or on television. Of course you can zoom out to
see frontal movements approaching your location or zoom in the see rain showers
coming your way or in your area. That could be a good thing for those guys that
are camping in remote locations for a couple of days or longer.
Manufacturers have had the same thing on fixed mounted marine charting GPS
systems for some time now. That is very helpful for offshore anglers and not a bad
idea for inland boating. If a bad storm is approaching you can see it on the weather
display while you still have plenty of time to get off the lake and into a safe area.
Radar has provided that warning for the offshore guys for years but it has been of
no real use for inland boaters except on very large lakes.
If you are planning on fishing during the next several days, be sure to pay attention
to the weather. High winds in the woods isn't a good thing. I have been scarred by
falling limbs enough to not want to be in the woods when the wind is blowing hard. I
don't like walking around with a 9 foot long graphite lightning rod in my hand during
a thunderstorm either. I don't like wading high water. However, I do like fishing
enough that over the years I have done some very stupid things. The older I get the
more I realize just how lucky I have been. Don't let your desires over rule common
Copyright 2009 James Marsh