01/08/10
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:
It looks like there's only an inch or two of snow on the ground this morning. It is still
dark outside at this time. According to the forecast, Gatlinburg should get just over
another inch of snow today and less than that tonight. At 6:00 AM this morning, it is
13 degrees. The forecast predicts the temperature will not exceed 32 degrees
today. That means the snow shouldn't melt and considering there will probably be
more of it falling today, I doubt it improves to the point traveling in the park will be
possible even with the right vehicle and even if the roads were opened.

The city of Pigeon Forge placed salt on the streets yesterday afternoon while it was
still snowing. The street in front of the house is already clear of snow this morning
indicating it has already been graded. I could throw a rock out of the city limits from
the front yard, so it's times like this, I guess I like being in the city limits, especially
since we are really stuck back in the woods. We have just recently started putting
our trash back outside, hoping the bears have gone to sleep for a while.
Did you
know when a cub is born, it weights about the same amount as an apple?
I
still cannot get over that. I mentioned that to a guy doing some work for me
yesterday, who said a baby Kangaroo weighs less than a gram when it's born. I
asked my computer just now and
it agreed with him.

The report for precipitation in the park shows Leconte has 15 inches of snow and
Newfoundland Gap, 12 inches, so there will be plenty of cold water in the streams
for a while.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Crustaceans - Lesson 28
I have finished going through what I think is the top eleven insects that trout eat in
Great Smoky Mountains National Park and I provided some basics about each one
of them. If you go back and look at what I said the
top 10 things trout eat in the
Smokies, you will see that includes two groups of insects - aquatic insects and
terrestrial insects. Next, I will go through the other eight groups of food trout eat
beginning with
crustaceans.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh