02/17/10
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

Weather and Stream Conditions
At the time I am writing this, 5:30 AM, it is 27 degrees and there are a few sprinkles
of snow. It should stop this morning and the temperature reach a high of 37.
Tomorrow it may reach as high as 40 degrees with a low tomorrow night of 21
degrees.

Friday it may reach 45 degrees in Gatlinburg and be partially sunny but only until
Friday night when a small chance of rain turning to snow is forecast. The low should
be around 28 for Friday night. What this means is that none of the snow in the
mountains, and there is a lot of it, is going to melt before this weekend. Saturday
they are calling for a 30% chance of snow changing to rain during the day and a
high of 45. That means the water temperature will still be around 40 degrees at the
most. It should be a beautiful time to be in the mountains, provided any roads are
open.

Destinations:
I had some email response about the Gibbon River yesterday, so I will add another
Yellowstone National Park stream, or group of streams I should say, to our
destinations. Check out
Straight, Winter, Panther, Indian and Obsidian
Creeks. These are on the plateau in the area of the Gardner River headwaters.
They are all little meadow streams that are full of brook trout. It is a good place to
stop just to make sure you can catch a trout because if you don't, you should never
go trout fishing again.


Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Fishing Streamers - Part 2
In yesterday's article, I mentioned that trout, as well as many other species of fish,
will eat a streamer for reasons other than food. We are all aware of that during the
spawning season but they will also attack a streamer for other reasons. They will
attack one for territorial reasons. I guess you could call most other strikes that were
not for the purpose of eating food, reflex action strikes but it may be more to do with
a protective instinct. Some think they sometimes strike a fly from a curiosity
standpoint. I question the curiosity reasoning. What I  know for certain is that they
will sometimes hit a streamer when the streamer appears right in front of their nose,
even in very cold water.  
Part 2 on Streamers

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