Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1. Blue-winged Olives
2. Little Black Winter Stoneflies
3. Quill Gordon Mayflies
4. Blue Quill Mayflies
5. Little Brown Stoneflies
6. Little Black Caddis (American Grannoms)
7. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
Current Fishing Conditions:
The weather today and for the next several days is going to be excellent from a
fishing standpoint. There's about a seventy percent chance of rain starting this
afternoon and continuing at about that same chance through the remained of the
week. That part is also excellent. One reason is that the streams are all running too
low for this time of the year and the other, just as important reason, is as follows.
There is still 45 inches of snow on the ground on the top of Mt. LeConte according
to the report. That's probably from a day before but I don't think it will change much.
At the pass, the report shows there's still 17 inches of snow on the ground. That is
still a lot of snow that will change to cold water within the next few days. That keeps
the water temperature lower than it would normally be with the warm weather were
are experiencing. The part the rain plays is that it will help warm the water. Although
the rain want be exactly warm, it will be far warmer than melting snow. The added
water will slow down the effect of the melting snow. Also, a point to be aware of it
that most of this melting snow is going to have a long way to travel to the lower parts
of the streams where you would most likely or should be fishing. That means it will
have some time to warm some.
The other factor that I see involved now that is different than a normal situation is
the fact the hatches are due. It is time for some of the bugs to hatch in spite of the
water temperature. That doesn't mean they will all hatch out within the next few
days. It just means that the bugs may very well hatch in colder water than they
normally would. I have only seen a very few so far but I haven't been on the water
much either. Those were Little Brown Stoneflies and some BWOs. I haven't spotted
any Quill Gordons, Blue Quills or Little Black Caddis (I have Tiny Black Caddis) but I
am sure there are some beginning to hatch in marginal water. I have not fished any
during the past two days, but I did scout around in the park some yesterday.
We will be making some very important announcements this week, so stay tunned.