11/13/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Slate Drakes
4.   Little Yellow Quills
5.   Needle Stoneflies
6.   Crane Flies
7.   Helligramite
8.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
9.   Midges

The Current Stream Levels in the Smokies:
The levels are still high. Here are some links you can check today to see the
conditions. The Little Pigeon River Middle and West Prongs are still high. As I
mentioned in yesterday's report, Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg/Mt. LeConte got almost
another inch of rain night before last after it stopped raining most everywhere else.

This is the
Cataloochee Stream Levels

This is the Oconaluftee Stream Levels

This is the  Little River Stream Levels

Stream and Lake Destinations - North Fork of the White River in
Missouri
There is so much praise made over the White River tailwater in Arkansas below Bull
Shoals Lake, most anglers are unaware of the North Fork of the White River in
Missouri. This stream doesn't flow into Bull Shoals Reservoir, rather Norfork Lake in
Arkansas. Even the Norfork tailwater is more popular than the North Fork of the
White River. One reason is that the Norfork tailwater receives far more fishing
pressure than the river that supplies its water.

To put it plain and simple, the
North Fork of the White River in Missouri is as good
or better trout stream in our opinion than the tailwaters. It certainly isn't as large as
the huge White River tailwater, and it doesn't have as many large brown trout as
either the White or the Norfork tailwaters.
What it does have is plenty of big wild
trout
. It is one of the finest trout streams in the Ozark Mountains and certainly the
State of Missouri.

If you are familiar with these streams, you are probably thinking that if I'm right, then
why doesn't the North Fork of the White River in Missouri get the attention the
White River and Norfork taiwaters receive. There is more than one reason but the
simple answer is that the trout in the North Fork of the White River are not as easy
to catch. It is a large spring creek. Another reason is that it is located in a fairly
remote area. Local guides much rather take their clients to the easier to fish
tailwaters where trout are stocked than this river.

Rainbows haven't been stocked in the North Fork of the White since 1964. Brown
trout are only stocked in part of the river. Both the wild rainbows, wild browns, and
holdover browns grow to a huge size in the North Fork of the White.
Wild rainbow
trout up to and over 18 inches
can be caught along with huge brown trout. Be
sure to check the links to more pages at the bottom of the main page.

Basics of Fly Fishing:
Fly Line - Part 5
So far we have discussed two different fly line tapers - the weight forward and the
double tapered line. Another type is the
Shooting Taper.

The shooting tapered line is weighted heavily in its front portion. The heavy part is
usually only about fifteen to twenty feet long but that depends on the manufacturer.
The other part of the line, or the level part, is usually much smaller in diameter than
most other fly lines. These fly line were developed for casting tournaments which
probably tells you right of the top that James Marsh doesn't like them very much.
I
think the fact that anglers try to cast to far is the biggest and most common
mistake made in presenting a fly to a fish.
They don't land on the water softly.
They are worthless for delicate presentations. Cast correctly, they achieve distance
because the heavy weight in the front of the fly line propels the line easily and the
remaining small diameter fly line shoots through the guides of the fly rod easily. Now
that I have almost  condemned the shooting taper, let me say that they do have
their place.

Streamers and various other special flies can be cast a long ways with a shooting
head. Anytime distance is a primary concern, they should be considered. If you are
a beginner, I suggest you forget them for the time being.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh