11/15/09
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



Current Stream Conditions in the Smokies:
While the streams levels have all dropped considerably during the past couple of
days, they are still high. They are mostly fishable but would be dangerous to wade
in most areas. You may find some areas of the streams that can be fished today.
Just be certain to use precaution about wading. Today is going to be excellent in all
other respects as the weather continues to be nice and warm. The fish should
cooperate well.
This is the
Cataloochee Stream Level (Not in Park)

This is the Oconaluftee Stream Level (at Birdtown, not in Park)

This is the  Little River Stream Level


Stream and Lake Destinations - Norfork Tailwater, Arkansas
The lake from which this tailwater flows is formed by the spring creek water from the
North Fork of the White River that flows from Missouri into the state of Arkansas. I
wrote about this wonderful stream about three days ago.

It is just a distance of about four and a half miles below Norfork Dam to the White
River or the tailwater below Bull Shoals Lake. That allows some of the huge brown
trout in the White River to move up into the Norfork tailwater in the fall to spawn.
The world record brown trout was caught in the Norfork tailwater.

If you ever travel to Arkansas to fish the White River, be certain to check out the
Norfork tailwater while you are there. It is very close by and it will probably be worth
your time to give it a try.

Basics of Fly Fishing:
Fly Line - Part 7

We have covered the basics of just about all of the important things about a fly line.
Many anglers don't consider the color of the fly line to be important. The argument
is that the line cast a shadow and the fish can see it under any circumstances.
Since this is the basics of fly fishing, I want go into great detail to explain my position
on this. Just let me say that I think it is important considering some line
manufacturers have come up with some wild fluorescent colors. The idea is the
bright, flashy colors allows the angler to see the line better. I think it also allows the
fish to see the line better.

If the sun isn't shinning, the sky doesn't cast a dark shadow from a floating fly line
over the bottom or the trout. Often the trout see the floating fly line against a
background of trees, grass or even a dirt bank. In my opinion, the fly line should
blend in as best you can get it to blend in, with the background. That is why I spent
many hours on selecting the best all around color I could possibly select for our new
"Perfect Fly Lines" that will soon be introduced. They are a shade of green and you
will be able to see it in the near future. My advice for you beginners, is to choose a
fly line that is a subdued shade of green. Avoid the bright, flashy, fluorescent
colors. They were developed to impress anglers and for the fly line manufacturers
to have something new to sell, not to help you catch trout.


Copyright 2009 James Marsh