01/11/10
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:
We still have 2 inches of snow on the ground in Pigeon Forge. The temperature
hasn't been over the freezing mark now in a few days. We have noticed some
flurries every once in a while, but nothing to really add to the accumulation.
According to the forecast, things will change today. The temperature should go as
high as 40 degrees. I look forward to it. By the middle of the week, temperatures
should return to a more normal level for this time of the year. There is a chance for
more snow tonight, but by Wednesday, we should warm up some.

Mount Leconte has 20 inches of snow, according to the
park's precipitation website.
That means it will be dumping some cold water in its watershed area for a while. For
the last few days, the only water worth fishing in the park would have been Abrams
Creek. By Wednesday, some of the other streams should warm up enough to get
rid of the ice.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Misc. Foods
Since the other few items of foods aren't really that significant, I am including
them all today - stickleback minnows, aquatic worms, leeches, snails and claims,
and trout offspring. Trout offspring can become significant at certain times of the
year, meaning during the post spawn period.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh