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 Conditions in the Smokies / General Notes:
Ready - Set - Go! The end of this week and this weekend is what all of you have
been waiting on. It isn't going to be perfect, but it will be close enough you want
know the difference. The weather will be great and the fish will be feeding more
aggressively than they have been in a long time.
There's still a lot of snow on the peaks and yes, that will have an effect on the water
temperature, especially from those watersheds that drain the highest peaks. The
snow will be melting big time for the next two or three days. No, it won't be enough to
keep the water down in the low forties by this weekend.
We will have some nice warm spring-like days and the big thing - warmer nights.
When the night temperatures drop down below freezing, the water has a difficult
time regaining warmth during the relatively short days. That situation is changing
and will make a big difference in the water temperature. The water temps will get up
into the low fifties this weekend in the low elevations. That should increase the
hatches which are struggling now because of the cold water. In fact, I predict a
boom will take place in the hatches and they will move on upstream a great
distance by Sunday.
The water levels are still high at this time, but that is actually good. We need the
water levels to stay as high as possible (excluding floods) into the summer when
every drop will be appreciated. Within the next day or two the streams will be very
wadeable. My spell checker says "wadeable is a bad word". "wadable" is too. Oh
well, I "are" an engineer so I can't help it. Maybe the King won't mind my adding a
new word to his language. I guess we will have a King before long. If congress can
pass major legislation without even seeing what it is they are passing and without
even voting on it, surely the King will let me add a new word to the dictionary. .