05/06/10
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:
Just a couple of notes about this mess. Remember that I said BP doesn't have
enough money to clean up the oil spill, pay for the damages and stay in business?
Of course, I mean to actually clean it up in its entirety, meaning underwater and on
the surface. First of all, that is impossible. How are they going to clean up the sea
floor when they can't even shut one value off. That will take a lot of remote control
vehicles and a few hundred years. Secondly, does anyone believe our President
when he says BP is going to pay for it? His press secretary said they have their
boots on BP's throat. If so, they should be reminded that under Bill Clinton,
Congress passed a law limiting the liability of an oil company to 75 million dollars for
an oil cleanup. They didn't want to discourage the exploration of oil by being
unrealistic about the liability limit. Under the constitution, they can't change the law
to go back and affect the current Gulf situation, but I doubt some politicians would
let such a  little thing as the constitution stop them. Two are already trying to do that.

I also mentioned the chemicals BP was using was questionable. Now they are saying
the chemicals may actually be more harmful to the sea life than the oil itself and now
they plan on stopping its use. I guess the best thing to do is to let BP handle it all
and completely run the entire show. When some government control is actually
needed, it seems to not exist. This entire deal gets worse by the day.

I received one email saying all drilling should be stopped in the Gulf and all
operations underway should be shut down. In theory, that would be great but I
wonder if he (and he means well) wants to be the one to tell China and the other
countries involved that they must stop taking oil from the Gulf. I wonder if he knows
the legal meaning of international waters? I just hope the bucket type dome they
plan to drop over one of the leaks today works.

Stream and Fishing Conditions In The Smokies:
The high water we have had in the Smokies is such a tiny thing compared to
problems in the Nashville area and the Gulf of Mexico, I hesitate to even mention it.
First of all, unless the high water hurt the rainbow trout spawn (and I really don't
know if it did or not), it probably did more good than harm. We will need the water
before long.  

The streams have fell back to reasonable levels. The water is still high and fast in
some of the larger streams in the lower elevations and wading may not be advisable
but they are getting back in good shape. This weekend should be an excellent time
to fish the Smokies.

Green Sedge (Caddisfly) - Adult
I have written about the egg laying activity of the Green Sedges the last few days,
so I won't repeat it. You should be prepared to fish imitations of the egg layers late
in the day for the next month in case you find some activity occurring. This happens
just prior to dark almost always after the sun has set.

The trout should rise to feed on them near the ends of the runs and riffles. You may
also see some activity at the heads of pools. If you place your fly in the right areas,
meaning where you see trout eating the egg layers, you should get instant results.
The trout are not picky about taking imitations of them.

There are even more new hatches taking place, or that will be taking place very
soon, that I need to get too. The Giant Stoneflies, Light Cahills, and Pale Evening
Duns are the main ones I have yet to cover.
"Perfect Fly" Green Sedge Adult