05/07/10
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:
The linked NOAA chart shows the current locations of surface oil. These are made
from satellite imagery and fly over observation. It does not show the oil that is
beneath the surface, which represents a much bigger problem. As you can see, the
dark blue or heaviest oil concentration has traveled as far as 120 miles to the east
of the oil rig. This is due to the effects of the rotary currents.  I wrote about this
several days ago and predicted that is what would happen. Once the oil gets a few
more miles to the east, it will start moving south along the continental shelf towards
the keys.

Stream and Fishing Conditions In The Smokies:
The streams are in good shape. This weekend would be an excellent time to fish.
The Little Pigeon River is looking great. The weather will be a little on the cool side
this weekend with the highs Saturday predicted to be only 71 degrees at Gatlinburg.
That should keep the water cool, in the low to mid fifties, and in great shape.

The hatches are plentiful but keep in mind they are scattered. It will depend on the
particular type of water you may be fishing.  One good bet is the late afternoon after
the sun sets. That's because there will be two or three types of mayfly spinners that
may fall; one or two types of egg laying caddisflies that may be present; and most
importantly, both hatching and egg laying Little Yellow Stoneflies.

Giant Stoneflies:
The Giant Stoneflies, .Pteronarcys dorsata species, are hatching. Most anglers are
not familiar with this stonefly because they rarely see one. They hatch during the
night and stay hidden in the trees during the day. They also deposit their eggs
during the night.  You will sometimes see them flying very high in the air above the
water very late in the day.

Like all stoneflies, these big stoneflies crawl out of the water to hatch. This best
indication of this is their empty shucks. You will find them on the rocks near the
banks sometimes. If you spot these big shucks, that means the Giant Stoneflies
have hatched in that part of the stream. Your best bet then is to fish an imitation of
the adult near dark.

I will write more about these stoneflies tomorrow.