01/15/10
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 Weather Conditions in the Smokies:
Finally, we get a break in the cold weather all across the Southeastern U. S. In the
winter, that only means one thing - it will rain. For the first time in a while, today's
high temperature in Gatlinburg is predicted to go over 50 degrees. It is currently 27
degrees. It is difficult to believe that is much warmer than it has been in several
days at this time of the morning. It should remain clear all day today and much of
tomorrow. The rain shouldn't start until later Saturday afternoon.

These warmer temperatures and rain Saturday evening should melt a lot of snow.
There's still 20 inches on Mount LeConte. This should bring the water levels up in
most of the watersheds, especially those draining from the higher peaks. The levels
are a little below normal and part of the reason is the recent precipitation came in
the form of snow instead of rain.


Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 4
If you have been keeping up, I'm sure you are learning there's a huge difference in
mayfly nymphs, not only in their appearance, but also in their habitat and behavior.
I'm sure you're also beginning to see that there has always been far more emphasis
placed on the flies that imitate the mayfly duns than the other stages of the
mayflies' life. This isn't only because anglers prefer fishing a dry fly. It's also
because they haven't comprehended what happens during a hatch. When
someone tells them, or maybe they happen to see mayflies that have already
hatched along the banks of a stream,  they usually tie on an imitation of the dun
and start casting. Even under ideal conditions, many anglers still only have a hit
and miss, or trial and error type of opportunity to catch trout from the hatch.
This
article explains why.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh