11/28/09
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Great Brown Autumn Sedge
3.   Little Yellow Quills
4.   Needle Stoneflies
5.   Crane Flies
6.   Hellgrammite
7.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
8.   Midges

Current Smokies Stream Report:
I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We haven't fished the Smokies
very recently. In fact, we haven't been here since Tuesday. I am linking a report for
you from
David Knapp's site. One big difference in this young man's approach to
fishing and most other anglers, is that he goes and finds out. He doesn't wait until
someone tells him how the fishing is. He just goes and turns his efforts and
willingness into a good fishing trip. He doesn't try to copy others fishing success or
heed their reports of failure. The trout are always in the streams of the Smokies and
they can be caught irrespective of the conditions.

You can catch trout all winter long in the Smokies. Some days you can catch as
many trout as you can any other time of the year, provided, you fish the colder
water correctly. To be more specific, you can catch plenty of trout on days when the
water is between the low and the high forties (pretty cold) and sometimes, even on
the dry fly. I was impressed with his analogy of how to go about fishing the cooler
water. Water that is 47 degrees, as stated in David's report, is just fine. I have
caught fifty and more trout a day many times in streams where the water rarely gets
higher than that in some parts of the country. You just need to change the way and
the type of water you fish.

Stream and Lake Destinations - Silver Creek, Idaho
All you have to do to fish one of the Nation's very best trout streams is to drive up to
a building and sign your name. You want even be asked any questions. The Nature
Conservancy requires that you sign in and other than your Idaho license, that is it. I
think anyone who fishes there should be very thankful for what they have done but
even that isn't required. You do have to agree to release everything you catch.

You want hear much about
Idaho's Silver Creek until you start hearing about how
difficult it is to fish. I guess that is true, but we have always been able to catch a few
of them. Catching one from its crystal clear water is a thrill - as much of a thrill as I
can imagine anyone wanting from the sport. The stream isn't a pushover by any
means. Catching its huge rainbow or brown trout isn't easy, but it is very rewarding.
It's exactly as I feel it should be. All it takes is doing everything right. When that is
done, the fish respond to your flies. When you don't, you will not be rewarded with
anything.

Angie and I spent some time with some anglers that have fished Silver Creek many
times, and one in particular, almost everyday. Some advice from them really helped
but you may be amazed at the advise. It wasn't fish here, or fish this fly or anything
that is an easy solution or trick you could use. It was all simply things, some of which
you have to do here in the Smokies. You have to hide from the trout. If they see
you, it's over there. The difference is, you have to make a perfect presentation
when you do find one, and by the way, you have to do that first. If you blind cast,
you will go home without any fish stories. If you show the trout your line or leader,
forget that fish and find another one. The trout are almost always eating or
concentrating on one insect. You must use a good imitation of what they are eating
or you will be ignored. I want go on. I will just say that it takes doing everything right.
The stream is full of large wild rainbow and brown trout. What is especially pleasing,
is when you catch one, you know you are being rewarded for doing things right. It
can be done. Our first day there, Angie caught three nice rainbows within the first
two hours.

Basics of Fly Fishing:

Continued tomorrow ............

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