01/26/10
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

New 800 Toll Free Telephone Number:
We have a new Toll Free 800 number, 800- 594- 4726 for our Perfect Fly Store
and Fly Fishing DVD sales. This will give customers another way to order and the
ability to reach us directly to ask any questions they may have, or for any
information they may need. It will also be posted on this site as well as our
Yellowstone website for those that want to order flies from the hatch charts shown
on these sites, or to purchase fly boxes, leaders, tippet, etc.  It's so new, it's only
posted on a few pages of our websites so far. We will be working on that throughout
the day but the number is available for your use now.

Current Conditions in the Smokies:
The good news is the streams are falling fast from their blown out condition and the
bad news is there are more chances of snow, rain and freezing weather all week
with the worst currently predicted for this weekend. Rain and snow is in the forecast
for Friday, Friday night and Saturday morning with a low of 22 degrees Friday night.
Maybe they will be wrong.

There was a huge rock slide in the Spur area yesterday afternoon, closing down
one side of the split road between Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. It took an extra
hour for my poor wife Angie to get to and from the tanning bed in Gatlinburg.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Mayflies - Part 15
It was a pleasure writing about a mayfly (Blue Quill) that isn't called a Blue-winged
Olive yesterday and this morning. I don't have anything against the BWOs and it is
a very good thing that I don't because they represent more aquatic insects and
hatches on more trout streams than any other mayfly. I just get tired of trying to
explain a huge mess created by common names. The Blue Quills get a little mixed
up from coast to coast, but not nearly as much as the BWOs.

Today's article is about the little Blue Quill nymphs. They are crawlers that look like
swimmers. We have captured as many as two or three dozen in one sweep of a net
in some of the streams in the Smokies. These little mayflies will probably start
hatching anywhere from about the middle of February to the first of March. I show
them starting on February 15 on our hatch chart for the Smokies but that can easily
vary two or three weeks. At the present time, it looks now like it will be April before
anything hatches but a week from now, it could be in the seventies. We never know.
The weather in February and March is about as unpredictable as it gets.
Mayflies-Part 15-Blue Quills.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh