05/03/10
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 Report:
I thought I would link a NOAA map of the predicted oil spill locations this morning.
The bottom line to what the map shows is that it appears to me to have put an end
to the big game fishing in the Gulf of Mexico this early summer and maybe all year.
The season usually kicks into high gear each year with the annual Mobile Big Game
Fishing Club's Memorial Day tournament. That looks like it would be out of the
question unless the leak is fixed quickly and some act of God clears the Gulf
offshore waters up fast.

It doesn't look like much to those that are not Gulf big game anglers but the oil is
now located over what is normally the hottest and best fishing areas in the Gulf for
blue marlin, dolphin, wahoo and tuna. It is in the Desota Canyon and has spread as
far West as the dumping grounds, both prime spots for marlin. You hear a lot about
the inshore species like redfish and speckled trout, but little about all of the offshore
species that the spill is affecting mostly right now. The only good thing I can think of
about it is that most likely, the highly migratory blue and white marlin will hopefully
avoid it all together. The food they feed on in the Gulf, small tuna and other small
fish, are mostly born in the rip lines offshore in or very near the surface. That will
most likely all be destroyed wherever the slick goes.  

I'm am not so sure the inshore estuaries are as in as much danger as many think. I
don't mean to say they aren't in any danger because they certainly are. What I
mean is at least there is a chance to protect some of the areas whereas there isn't a
chance of that offshore. In fact, the rig that sank is in the one of the best areas in
the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, it was one of the better fish attractors in the Gulf.
However, its also a fact that the oil has already reached the Chandelier Islands.  
The water just inside of the chain of island, is inshore waters.

As I have said the last few days, the rotary current should affect the oil drift unless
the wind continues to blow strongly from the South. I don't know if that is good or
bad. On second thought, it is all bad. There is no good wherever it goes. I don't
know about most of you, but I get a little upset at the politicians continually saying
that BP will pay for it all. One reason I think that is a big lie is that I don't think they
have got enough money to stay in business and pay for it all. If they do, guess who
you think will pay the real cost or for higher fuel prices. That is really a small
problem. What I am more worried about are the little things to most people - like how
a flying fish is going to become air borne covered in oil.

Current Conditions in the Smokies:
It is raining. We are lucky (knock on wood) that the Smokies are close to Knoxville
rather than Nashville. I don't remember hearing of water rising 40 feet in 5 hours
anywhere anytime in the past. A house floating down an Interstate highway?

It is now 5:00 AM, my favorite time of the day, and it is raining hard. I had rather wait
and see how much rain the Smokies get than to quote a forecast. The front looks
rather slim right now and hopefully, we want receive too much water and blow the
streams out.

I promise I will write about the Green Rock Worms tomorrow. Right now I have got to
go our Yellowstone site and catch up.