01/16/10
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:
I drove around a little in the park yesterday, looking at the water. The Little Pigeon
River was actually rising some even though it hasn't rained in a long time. For the
first time in a few days, the snow above the 2000 foot mark began to melt in places
where it wasn't directly exposed to the sun. That was most everywhere, not just a
few places. The snow in my yard finally melted. There were still spots of it left
yesterday afternoon, but very little. Above 2500 feet there was still a lot of snow left
even as late as 3:00 PM yesterday. The water temperature at that time just inside
the park was 39 degrees.  Melting snow is obviously keeping it a little colder than it
would be otherwise.

The low this morning in Gatlinburg should be about 30 degrees but the
temperatures should reach 51 according to the forecast. The rain was shoved back
a few hours from yesterday's forecast. There is only a 10% chance of it until around
9:00 PM tonight.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 5
In yesterday's article I mentioned I would start with the different mayflies that hatch
in the streams of the park in the same order they occur. I also want to be able to
use the common names associated with the mayflies in the local area; however, I
will add the scientific names for those that want to know, and to document for
certain the particular mayflies I am referring to. I almost changed my mind when I
realized I would have to start with the
Blue-winged Olives, the most complex, catch
all common name of mayflies there is. I decided to stick with it because I am certain I
can simplify it for you if you will just read through it.

Copyright 2009 James Marsh