08/17/09

Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2.   Mahogany Duns
3.   Midges - hatching in isolated locations
4.   Little Yellow Stoneflies - hatching (Little Summer Stones)
5.   Slate Drakes - hatching
6.   Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
7.   Beetles
8.   Grasshoppers
9.   Ants
10. Inch Worms
11. Crane Flies
12. Helligramite
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish

(We Like) The Dog Days of Summer
There is just something about this time of the year that gets many anglers out of a
fly fishing mode and into a variety of other modes for their spare time and weekend
activities. Many families are forced to concentrate on getting their children back in
school and rightly so, have little else on their mind until things return to normal. My
mailbox will be full of hunting and fall clothes catalogs from companies like Cabelas,
Outdoor World, and a number of other companies even though it is the middle of
the summer. Some anglers will convert to hunters starting out with early season
doves and continuing through turkey season next spring. Some avid football fans
will drop all their outdoor activities and get into the game mode. Many anglers will
put their fly rods up in the closet or hang them on the wall until next spring.

About ten or twelve years ago, Angie and I were planning a trip out West to the
Yellowstone area. It was to start about this time and last until the middle of
September. We mentioned that to a friend and avid trout angler we had met from
Knoxville. He immediately told us that would be a mistake. I will never forget his
statement. He said "that is what we call the dog days James". He continued to
exclaim "You don't want to waste your time and money going to Yellowstone during
the dog days". I asked about the fishing in the Smokies. He replied "it is no different
here" - "August and September are the two worst months you could fish for trout".
Our friend is no longer living. He passed away a few years ago not long after that.
For the last few years of his life he visited the Yellowstone area where he stayed in
his motor home at Henry's Lake for the months of June and July.  He spent a lot of
time fly fishing for trout both there and in the Smokies.

We ended up going to Yellowstone (I think that was our second or third trip there)
anyway because we couldn't think of anything better to do. We didn't want to wait
until the next year. It turned out to be one of our best trips there. We have spent  
time in August and September in Yellowstone several times since then.  What time
in August and September we haven't spent fly fishing in the Yellowstone area, we
have spent fishing in the Smokies or on other trout streams somewhere in the
country. In all due respect to our friend, we enjoy fishing during the "dog days of
summer". We also never fail to catch a lot of trout during the dog days of summer.
In fact, the last of August and the month of September is a great time to fish
Yellowstone National Park. It is also a great time to fish Smoky Mountains National
Park, especially this particular year. Although you could fish the past three years
during August and September in the park if you selected the right locations in the
high elevations; and even though we still managed to catch plenty of trout, the
drought situation did effect things adversely. Personally, I enjoy the challenge of
fishing low, clear water. It is the "challenge" of catching fish that I enjoy the most. I
had actually rather fish the small streams when the water is low and clear than when
it is at a  normal level and very easy to catch a lot of trout. I sure don't want the
drought situation to ever occur again. I hope it never happens again. It hurts the
trout population, although I can say the native brook trout seemed to have handled
it better than the other non-native species. Continued tomorrow.................









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