02/8/10
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

Destinations: Laurel Fork Creek, Tennessee
Tennessee's Laurel Fork Creek isn't very far from another Laurel Creek in
Tennessee. In addition to those two Laurels, there are at least one in most other
states in the Eastern Appalachian Mountain range. It would be easy to confuse the
two streams. Laurel Fork Creek is located off US highway 321 at Hampton, not far
from Elizabethton, Tennessee.

This is a well hidden, little known stream, other than by the locals. Most of the locals
fish the stocked lower portion of the creek along the road. The wild trout section,
which isn't easy to access other than at the very beginning of the stream, isn't
fished that often, or at least we have never seen anyone there. It's a very good
brown trout stream. The locals have plenty of other trout streams in the general
area to fish. Of course, there are also many streams in Great Smoky Mountains
National Park that are as good or better.
Check out "Laurel Fork Creek".

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Caddisflies - Part 4
These are the first caddisfly species that we are going to into any detail on - the
Little Black Caddis. From the very start you can see that the common name of the
caddisfly is confusing because there are several different species of caddisflies that
are "little black caddisflies". There are some other little black caddis in the same
streams in the Smokies that the American Grannoms (another common name for
them) - LIttle Black Caddis. The ones I am referring to are species of the
Brachycentridae family and
Brachycentrus genus. They are the chimney cased
caddis that are common in the Smokies.

One caddisfly that is often confused with the American Grannom - LIttle Black
Caddis are the  
Chimarra species. Most anglers call these Tiny Black Caddis
because they are a hook size 20 (female) and 22 (male). These little caddisflies
crawl up the rocks to hatch. You will see them covering some of the rocks in the
Smokies near the same time the Little Black Caddis hatch, which are a hook size 18
(females). Now you may not think there is much difference in the size of an 18 and a
20 hook, for example, but there is far more than you would think just from looking at
the close numbers. You can see a huge difference in the size of the Little Black
Caddis and the Tiny Black Caddis. Furthermore, you want see the Little Black
Caddis crawling up rocks in the water to hatch. They hatch mid-stream like most
mayflies hatch.

These are among the first hatches in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. They
hatch about the same time as the Blue Quill and Quill Gordons, which by the way,
want be very long from now. We show them starting as early as February 15th, but
the way the current weather is going, I'm sure it will be later this year.
The Little
Black Caddis.

Copyright 2010 James Marsh