02/18/10
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

Weather and Stream Conditions
The weather outlook for this weekend is looking much better. It is supposed to rain
this morning and change to snow this afternoon with up to 2 inches of accumulation
in Gatlinburg. The good news is tomorrow, or Friday, it should warm up during the
day into the mid-forties. Saturday looks even better, with the forecast calling for the
temperature to reach the low fifties. The lows for Friday and Saturday nights will be
in the twenties to low thirties.

That is not warm enough to melt any of the snow in the upper elevations but it
should get some at the lower levels. Right now, at around 2500 feet and higher, the
snow is not melting during the day. It melted in my yard yesterday but looking
across at the mountains, you can see that it is solid white just a few hundred feet
higher.

If the forecast doesn't change much, this weekend could be a good weekend to fish
the Smokies. It may rain and snow a little, but that will make it even better. I wouldn't
look for any Quill Gordons or Blue Quills yet, but you may see some BWOs and
Little Winter and Little Brown Stoneflies hatching.

Destinations:
I will continue with another small Yellowstone National Park stream for our
destination for the day. This is one of Angie and I's favorite brook trout streams in
Yellowstone -
Blacktail Deer Creek. It is convenient to stop along the way to the
Northeast Corner of the park from either West Yellowstone or Gardner and fish this
little stream for a change of pace. It always produces lots of brook trout with some
reaching over 8 inches.

Basics of Fly Fishing - Trout Food Series - Fishing Streamers - Part 3
I mentioned yesterday that there are two basic ways to fish streamers during the
winter in the streams of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. You can sight fish,
or fish for those trout you can't see hiding under the crevices of the banks, rocks
and boulders.

If you are going to stalk trout, you may as well look for the big ones and that would
be the large browns that you can sometimes spot from a high vantage point. Of
course the first requirement, is to select a stream with brown trout.
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Streamers