Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2. Giant Black Stoneflies - hatching
3. Cinnamon Caddis - Mostly Abrams Creek
4 Light Cahills - hatching
5. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
6. Little Short-horned Sedges - should hatch randomly for 2-3 months
7. American March Browns - hatching but randomly in isolated locations
8. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
9. Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching
10. Green Sedges - hatching
11. Little Sister Caddisflies - Mostly Abrams Creek
12. Eastern Pale Evening Duns - (called Sulfurs by some)
Current Report on Fly Fishing the Smokies:
I should have run this report yesterday since it was a report of fishing on this
past Sunday but I still think it is significant enough to run it today. We have not
been fishing in the Smokies in about a week now. There are two reasons I
think it is important:
The first reason is just to illustrate the lack of importance of a fishing report.
In this case, the results was great but another fishing report given by a local
fly shop for that same day reported their normal "hear say" (nice for BS)
fishing report almost right the opposite (fishing was bad) although it reported
one guy did well. The reporter then "guessed" what the one guy did which
also happened to be right the opposite of this report. I'll let you judge for
yourself. This report (my report today) is also based on hear say evidence
but at least he wrote an article about it and backed it up with images of the
fish as he normally does. I am only reporting it to show the difference in
reports and to point out that they shouldn't influence your plans.
The second reason is to show the importance of being able to recognize a
hatch and the importance of knowing how to take advantage of it. It also
points out the difference in the response of the fish when a hatch is occurring
versus times when no hatch is occurring and anglers are in a searching
mode using attractor or generic imitations.
Here is the link to David Knapp's report called "Blizzard Hatch".
The Trout Zone
David is a young school teacher who obviously loves to fish. He is a perfect
example of someone who has eagerly taken on this sport and applied every
learning technique he possible could to it. In a few short years, he has
advanced well beyond a lot of old anglers I know that love to say "I been
fishing these here waters for over fifty years". He has done two things. He
has studied fly fishing as much as it is possible to do so and he has gone out
on the water and practiced, experimented with different species, techniques,
methods, etc. using all his spare time to learn it from a practical standpoint.
There is a big difference in 1. Going out on the streams and thinking you
know it all, using the same old techniques you have used for fifty years and
then reporting the "fishing was slow or very good today" and 2. Wanting to
learn something new, testing new methods and strategies and trying to
advance your knowledge and skills.
A couple of my new friends from New York and New Jersey will be pounding
the water for the next two weeks and I'll probably get their take on the fishing
conditions every once in a while. One guy has created his on set of books,
logs, data and everything you can think of about the Smokies - more than I
have ever seen - tons of information. He has fly fished for trout for years
including three trips for three years to the Smokies . The other guy is a young
guide on the Salmon River in New York. It will be interesting as to what they
think of the Smokies. I already know how they will do. They will do well
because they also approach fly fishing the same way David does.
Now don't take this report to mean that you can run out there today and catch
fish on the Light Cahill hatch. You may not find a single one. I didn't provide it
for that reason. I just wanted to show a difference in two types of anglers.
Those that know it all and those that know they don't know it all.
Copyright James Marsh 2009