05/02/10
Insects and other foods the trout may be eating:
1.    Blue-winged Olives
2.    Little Short Horned Sedges
3.    American March Browns
4.    Cinnamon Sedges (Caddisflies) (Abrams Creek)
5.    Green Sedges (Caddisflies)
6.    Little Sister Caddisflies (Abrams Creek)
7.    Pale Evening Duns
8.    Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
9.    Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
10.  Giant Stoneflies
11.  Light Cahills
12.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
13.  Midges


Gulf of Oil:
I really don't know why I am writing about this. What I have to say doesn't amount to
a hill of beans as mother would say. I guess it is just an attempt to relieve some
frustration. After writing about the oil rig a few days ago and mentioning the rotary
currents and how the oil may travel around the Gulf and may possibly even
eventually enter the Gulf Stream of the Atlantic Ocean, I began to wonder why it
wasn't mentioned by any of the new articles I had read. All I could read was that it
was going towards the Louisiana Coast, which is about 50 miles to the West or the
northern Gulf Coast, about 75 miles to the north of the rig. The wind has been out
of the South at about 20 knots offshore, and I began to wonder if I was wrong about
the rotary currents having anything to do with it. Recently, they have begin to
mention the rotary currents and the fact that the oil may eventually even have an
effect on the Atlantic coast. They are partially right but it would take a major
hurricane to move floating oil out of the Gulf Stream off the Gold Coast of Southern
Florida to the beaches. The Gulf Stream is stronger than the Gulf rotary currents.

The rig is located off the continental shelf in 5000 feet of water. Normally, the
currents would carry anything around the shelf off the shelf as I pointed out the
other day. With the strong south winds, I wondered if the wind would outdo the
rotary currents. According to all the news reports it would because the rotary
currents were not mentioned. They mentioned the tides but tides are only a coastal
factor and wouldn't normally have anything to do with the offshore currents. Finally,
it appears the news media consulted some oceanographers or someone who
pointed out what might happen. Of course they could have just ask any marlin
fisherman and found out.

Normally, if you throw a coke can in where the oil platform sank, it would eventually
follow the rotary currents around the Gulf then around the keys and head North
about 30 offshore of the Gold Coast in the Gulf Stream. Of course, strong wind
anywhere along that course could affect the direction it traveled. I'll put it this way. If
all the trash that comes out of South Pass from the Mississippi River ended up on
any of the shores of the Gulf, there wouldn't be any shrimping, fishing or swimming.
The Emerald Coast would be the World's trashiest beach.

Now I feel a little better. What I said doesn't amount to a hill of beans mother, but it
does make me feel better. This has very little to do with trout fishing in the Smokies.
Many of the same anglers fly fish the Gulf's inshore and offshore waters, however,
and it is going to have a lot to do with that. Right now, every oil rig that lies near
shore but off the coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama a few miles has cobia
(ling as they are called by the locals) holding on them. It's going to have a lot to do
with that.

I also read where some chemicals being considered would break the oil into peanut
size balls and sink it. Now that really sounds like something that would be a real
benefit to the bottom species of the Gulf. That way BP or the Feds (who will
eventually pay for most of it in spite of what they say) wouldn't have to clean up
anything. Now isn't that a sick thought. Now, I am beginning to feel worse than I did
when I started writing this.