Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives - mostly Little BWO - Isolated hatches
2. Midges - hatching in isolated locations
3. Little Yellow Stoneflies
4. Slate Drakes
5. Cream Cahills - hatching in Isolated locations
6. Little Yellow Quills
7. Needle Stoneflies
11. Crane Flies
13. Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crawfish
The Learning Process - Part 68
Early in our learning process, we discovered something many anglers are not
aware of. Fishing Great Smoky Mountains National Park during the fall months can
be just as rewarding as it can be any time of the year, including the spring months.
We enjoy it as much as we do anytime of the year. We enjoy fishing during the
months of October and November as we do during April and May, for example.
There are several reasons for it. First of all, the surroundings are at least as
beautiful as they are during the Spring. I think anyone would have to agree with that
because it is the time of the year the park receives its largest number of visitors.
They come for one reason. To see the beautiful colors of fall.
Now I can just visualize some of you thinking that the fact it is a busy time of the
year for visitors is enough to keep you away. The traffic can become a little slower
during the leaf looking period, but that would be about the only adverse effect on a
fishing trip. I consider it a very minor one. Yes, you would probably be bothered by
non-anglers visiting the park in a few places along the road. If you wanted to fish
twenty feet from your vehicle it could be a problem. If you are willing to walk as little
as a hundred yards off the roads and main trails, you can avoid 99 percent of the
Other than the sheer beauty of the forest and mountains, there are several other
factors you will discover, just as we did, that are favorable. I guess about the most
important of them all to most anglers is the fact the fish become very cooperative.
The water temperatures fall into the fifties and the trout become much more active
than they are during the hot summer months, or the cold winter months. During
previous years, especially the past two years, the water levels were very low during
the fall season. That bothered many anglers, and of course, made the catching
much tougher. We didn't like the adverse effects it had on the trout, but we actually
enjoyed the added challenge of catching the trout in the low water. To be quite
frank, when the water isn't low, or when there isn't some other adverse factor
involved, catching trout during this time of the year is almost too easy. There's little
challenge involved most days.
Another plus of fishing this time of the year, is the fact that the weather is normally
fairly stable and comfortable. The cool, crisp air makes it a wonderful time to be
outdoors. The daytime highs in the park are usually in the sixties or seventies. Most
of you probably keep your office or home air temperatures around seventy-two. If
you step outside in the park on an October day, and on many November days, you
will find the temperature will usually be close to that. The big difference will be that
the air you breathe in the park will be fresh, mountain air.
I'm certain many of you enjoy that same crisp air when you hunt doves, or sit in the
stands at your local Friday night high school or Saturday college football game.
That is quite obvious to me when I look at my DVD and Perfect Fly sales numbers
each year at this time. It always declines for a short time about this time of the year
before the holiday season kicks sales into high gear again. For some reason, most
anglers just put their rods away during the late summer. That is fine for anyone that
has a different preference. I just want to make certain you don't put your rods away
because you automatically assume the fishing is over for another season because
it isn't. I'll take a good October day to fly fish in the park over a good day in May any
year. This DVD explains and even demonstrates exactly why in detail.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh