01/18/10
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
Yes, we are having somewhat of a Southern runoff. The water levels are rising fast,
it rained slowly most of yesterday and through last night according to the weather
reports and the snow levels in the higher mountains ranges are dropping fast.

Today's high temperature should reach 57 degrees in Gatlinburg with a low tonight
of 30 degrees. That is the warmest it has been is quite a while. Today continues a
three day stretch of off days from work for many because its a national holiday. For
me its just another work day. Everything was busy this weekend in Pigeon Forge
with lots of visitors for this time of the year. I may have an opportunity to test some
new streamer flies we are working on for our "Perfect Fly" Store today.

Sad News: It Used To Be The Insecticides, Now Mother Nature:
Looks like the cold weather in Florida didn't just kill many orange trees,it alwo killed
some snook.  At least they didn't have an earthquake like the horrible one that took
place just over 700 miles from South Florida. Think about that! Could it have been
Yellowstone, Northern California or the Smokies?

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 7
In part seven, I will get into the details of fishing the early season hatches of the
Blue-winged Olives. This article will be focused on the nymphs.  If you read
yesterday's article, and I hope you did, you discovered there are at least 16
different hatches from 12 different species of mayflies called BWOs that exist in the
Smokies. The first hatches are both some of the
Baetis species and some of the
Little Blue-winged Olive species. Both of these hatches can be fished with the same
flies, you just need to have the correct size.
 Part 7 continues..

Copyright 2009 James Marsh