01/12/10
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
Yesterday afternoon, I had to drive downtown Pigeon Forge to drop off some UPS
and FedX shipments I forgot to call in for pickup. About 4:00 PM, I turned East
towards the mountains and quickly discovered that I had made a big mistake in not
having a camera along with me. The mountains were as beautiful as I have ever
seen them. They looked like the Rocky Mountains because they were covered with
snow. At that time of day, the sun was shinning directly on the Mount LeConte area
and the mountains were well lit. You could see the area where there is supposed to
be 20 inches of snow, because the tops of the mountains were solid white. The
chances of more snow ends this morning and temperatures should return to a
range more normal for January.  

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies
So far, we have gone over the different types of food trout eat in Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. We also touched on the stages of life of the aquatic
insects including mayflies, caddisflies, stoneflies and midges. We haven't gone into
any other details on any of the aquatic insects. Today, I will start with the mayflies
with a
common sense approach to those hatches that will soon start occurring in
the streams of the Smokies. If you keep up with these articles each day, you can
easily learn how to imitate all the mayflies that exist in the Smokies at the various
stages of their life.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh