Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
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
Re-introduction of Otters in the Park and More
Thank you for all your comments. I had no idea that many of you were concerned
about otters in the park. Maybe I can't see the forest for the trees. I am probably
guilty of looking at only the things I am concerned with and not what others may be
concerned with. Until I started receiving email about the otters, they never crossed
my mind. Maybe that is the next excuse for anglers to use for their lack of catching -
"I would have normally caught a lot more trout, but those dang otters showed up
and ruined my day".
I had much rather see the park officials put things back in the park that were there
from the beginning, than to do just the opposite and take them out. We had a dumb
outdoor enthusiast, excuse me, I mean a President, named Theodore Roosevelt,
that tried that.
If I remember right, old Theodore went mule deer hunting and didn't kill one. The
western big game outfitters told him the mountain lions had killed them all. He
returned to Washington and had congress place a bounty on mountain lions. The
guides could make more money killing mountains lions than guiding hunters. A few
years later, when there were almost no mountain lions left in the West, the elk
population boomed. Old Theodore though he was brilliant. However, that lead to
another bigger problem. It wasn't long before there were so many elk that there
wasn't enough food for them. Many of them starved and the others became weak
and in poor health. That caused disease to spread easily and the results were
almost all the elk died. They were in danger of becoming extinct.
It could very well be that the natural predators of fish in the park are a good thing. I
guess we could start killing the Blue Heron. I shouldn't mention that they eat fish
because I will probably be getting email saying "those dang birds are eating all of
the fish - they are huge and they can eat up to two pounds of trout per day". Can't
you just hear someone saying, "I fished the upper part of Little Pigeon the other day
without the first strike, only to find a darn Blue Heron was working the stream just
ahead of me".
According to some anglers, we have another big problem. According to them, years
ago they could throw a size 8 Royal Wulff in any pool in Little River and the trout
would jump all over it. Now they claim it takes a size 20 parachute blue dun to fool
them. The trout are getting wise to those big flies. When the wise old trout are
getting up to about three years old, they are going back and telling their offspring
the big flies are fake. Some of the nice elderly gentlemen that have spread such
baloney are getting so old themselves, they forgot that most anglers have
discovered that trout don't have a memory like humans. In fact, fish don't remember
anything past a few minutes, if that long. In fact their brains, which are about the
size of peas, are just are not capable of that.
This has nothing to do with fishing as such, but it does regarding the introduction of
exotic species. I remember my pilot Jim trying to get me to go to Tennessee and
hunt wild boars in the early seventies. When he wasn't flying me to my construction
jobs or bid openings, I made him work in the office. He became very good at talking
me into going on fishing or hunting trips. I blame it all on him. Anything but work was
fine with him. Wild boars didn't interest me, so he talked my dad into it.
When they returned, dad said that it was the biggest ripoff he had ever been
involved with. According to him, they went on some guy's farm, (Wild Boar Outfitter
that charged a few hundred bucks a day) where the farmer let some hogs out of his
barn and drove them through the woods past the two of them. He laughed, and said
one white hog with black spots on it that ran by, looked identical to the one he
raised in his 4H class in high school. Now, about forty years later, there's a problem
with wild hogs in the park.
The other day I was reading a blog on a popular Western fishing website where one
guy stated that he didn't go fishing to catch fish - he went to just enjoy the outdoors
and be with friends. I felt a little sorry for him. I really think he wasn't being honest
with himself. I can't imagine anyone going fishing and really not caring if they caught
anything on not, but maybe I am wrong about that. If there are such people, I
wouldn't call them anglers. Maybe he is just lost in general.
When I go fishing, I want to catch fish. If I just wanted to go outside and sit on the
stream, I wouldn't go to the trouble of carrying a fly rod and all the other gear. I darn
sure wouldn't put on my waders. That guy's excuse beats them all. "I didn't catch
anything today, but I really didn't care if I did or not, I just wanted to get outside".
I don't know if any of my readers feel that way or not. If you don't really care if you
catch fish or not, and you are only interested in getting outside and relaxing, please
don't waste you time reading my articles. The articles are not meant for you. They
are intended for people who want to catch trout. You don't have to be a serious
die-hard angler, but you do need to care whether or not you catch a fish or not.
Copyright 2009 James Marsh