01/07/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.   Blue-winged Olives
2.   Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3.   Streamers - matching sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish
4.   Midges

Current Conditions in the Smokies:
AccuWeather wasn't so accurate yesterday. It snowed some early before daylight
but then the skies turned nice and blue for the day. Today, we should get another
shot at snow. They show a slight change of snow up until about 4:00 PM and then
the odds change to about a 60% chance of snow. Today's low temperature should
go down to 16 degrees (18 now) with a high of 34 degrees for today. They forecast
snow through lasting through Friday morning with about 1 to 3 inches accumulating.
That really means it may snow or it may not snow, and it may make the ground
white (it already is) or it may get knee deep to something, they just don't know what.

What amazes me is the fast action the city of Pigeon Forge provides when it does
snow. The last time we had about 3 inches of snow, they graded the roads in the
middle of the night and when I got up, they were already clear of snow. The city has
very high sales taxes but we get great service from the city in all respects. Sales tax
is 9.5%, plus hotels 2.25% and amusement tax is 2.0%. You would think they would
at least blow dry our driveways. I'm not complaining. I just find it as amusing as
everything else around here.

Destinations: West Walker River, California
East Walker River, featured yesterday, is a great tailwater, wild trout fishery with
brown trout over 30 inches long and big rainbow trout.. The
West Walker River, is
a freestone stream with some native cutthroats and both wild and stocked rainbow,
brook and brown trout.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Damselfies and
Dragonflies
I haven't continued writing about our Trout Food Series since the last
day of 2009. I guess just writing about fishing cold water got me in a sluggish mood
like the trout. I had previously listed the top 11 trout foods in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park but left off the last one - Damselflies and Dragonflies. By
the way, I do not know why the spelling Gods didn't always spell both of these
insects the same way. Damsel and Flies are put together and Dragon and Flies are
separated in many places I find. It seems Damselflies is always one word but
Dragon Flies is sometimes separated, or at least that is the way I have found it to
be. Maybe I should go by a dictionary. Lets cover the
Damselflies and
Dragonflies and then we will start all over again with number one with a lot more
basic information about each group of insects and other foods trout feed on in the
Smokies.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh