08/29/09

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

Types of Trout and Trout Water - Part 2

I really just wrote something that was on my mind yesterday to fill in a blank space.
We had to return from a production we were working on to attend a funeral this
weekend and I just wrote what was on my mind at the time. I didn't really intend to
continue writing about the subject but I received such a huge email response
consisting of different comments and questions, I will add more to what I published
yesterday.

Different types of trout and trout waters mean different things to different people.
My 12 year old grandson conveyed his opinion on the subject by telling me point
blank, he wanted to catch some big fish. I solved his quest for that by putting him on
some huge red snapper and amberjack. When I took him in the headwaters of the
Smokies to catch his first brook trout two years ago, he was happy for about two
days and then the kid came back out. He soon didn't seem to care if he was
catching native trout or not. He just wanted to catch bigger fish. I reverted to
smallmouth bass because his odds of catching a big brown on a fly in the park was
pretty slim. The fun doesn't last very long for him if there isn't a lot of action.

Some grown men are happier catching a lot of trout stocked trout than they are a
few wild trout. Some will show a picture of their large stocked trout from one stream
only to have another angler show a picture of another big stocked trout from
another stream he says is a better stream with bigger fish.

Some guys much rather have a shot at hooking a big trout than catching a lot of
them. Some pay little attention to the setting. They would be happy fishing a
sewage treatment plant if the trout grew large. Some pay a lot of attention to the
setting. They want to listen to the flow of the water and be in an undisturbed section
of the outdoors away from other anglers.. If they catch a few trout that just adds to
their pleasure of being outdoors. When it gets right down to it, what is really
important is a matter of the type of pleasure and fun the particular person wants to
get out of it. If you take the pleasure and fun out of it for anyone, they want
continue to do it very long.

You would expect seasoned anglers to be able to appreciate the amount of difficulty
involved in catching a trout whether it is huge or average size but some never
progress that far. In every freestone headwater stream that I have ever fished
anywhere in the United States, I have always been able to catch at least a few and
more often a lot of trout. If the weather cooperates and the water temperatures are
not on the extreme ends of the ideal range, the trout are usually fairly easy to fool.
In those cases I get the most satisfaction out of just being in a beautiful setting or
maybe fishing a new and different stream. In the Smokies it may be just discovering
what is around the next bend in the creek. The pleasure received from it doesn't
become a matter of how many trout I catch.

Angie gets bored very quickly when she is able to catch a lot of trout in a short time,
especially if they are smaller than the average size. I usually enjoy it far longer than
she does. We have moved to another location many times simply because we were
catching a lot of small trout very easily. It may be small brook trout in a Western
stream that has become overpopulated with them or it may be a remote headwater
stream where the little cutthroat trout will eat anything that resembles a fly. We have
fished the delayed harvest section of the Tuckaseegee River two or three times
only for an hour or two when we had the entire day to fish simply because we were
catching trout every few cast. We have moved from there even when we were
catching fairly large trout. We usually end up fishing the Oconaluftee River in the
park where it isn't that easy. When there is no challenge in fishing, it doesn't take
long to become bored with it

Copyright 2009 James Marsh