05/25/10
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.    Eastern Pale Evening Duns
8.    Sulphurs
9.    Little Yellow Stoneflies -Yellow Sallies
10.  Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
11.  Giant Stoneflies
12.  Light Cahills
13.  Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
14.  Midges

Fishing Conditions in the Smokies:
I was able to fish during two of the last three days for about an hour or two each
day. Saturday, I fished from just after daylight for about two hours in Little River
near Elkmont. I did this to avoid the crowds and to check out the fishing early in the
morning. I managed to catch seven trout, five rainbows and two browns ranging
from five to twelve inches (one of the browns). One was caught on a March Brown
Spinner and all the others on a Light Cahill nymph.

I fished the other time, or Monday, just prior to dark for about an hour on the Little
Pigeon River. The results was even better. I caught about the same numbers (all
rainbows) and all within the hour.
I don't think I have even seen it any easier to
catch trout in the Smokies.
The stream conditions are perfect in all respects. It is
so perfect, it is almost spooky.

If you are not catching trout now, you are doing something wrong. You need to take
a close, hard look at the basics of fishing these small streams. The fishing is
probably a little easier in the upper elevations but that is the only thing I could add
that might make a difference. This won't last forever. The water is warming fast.

Gulf of Oil Update
I haven't written anything about the Gulf disaster lately because the news media has
woke up past couple of days and are reporting what is now proof of the damage that
is right before their onshore eggs. The extent of the damage still hasn't completely
caught on because as of last night, I watched TV for about thirty minutes (something
rare for me to do) and heard five top government officials and congressmen use the
words "Potential Disaster".
What is the blank -idy -bank has to happen to make
them see it is not only currently, but has been a "Disaster" for the last
month.

When the oil spread over hundreds and now thousands of square miles of the Gulf,
harming if not killing everything it enclosed in its waters, it wasn't a big issue. People
looked at everything out of sight of the beach as if it was outer space in a different
galaxy.
I haven't read or heard one word from the news media about all the
fish and mammals that live in the offshore bluewaters being killed and
coated with oil.

According to the news (and I hope it is false information) even the head of the
National Wildlife and Fish Agency, said yesterday, the oil spill was now beginning to
impact the fish and wildlife. That just can't be true. If it is true that he said that, then
we have the stupidest guy in the world heading the department. I believe he was
taken out of context.
The oil has already killed millions upon millions of
offshore species and I'm certain he knows it.

Until the oil reached the coastline from the mouth of the Mississippi River covering
the Eastern coast of Louisiana, the entire coastlines of Mississippi and Alabama,
killing everything in its path, the news media passed it off as a "Potential" problem.
Now they are forced to show what anyone along the coastline can see is
already a complete disaster
.

Lets just take, for one example, the current situation that exist now. The oil that has
reached the coastline also extends out into the Gulf for many miles, all the way to
the offshore bluewaters which is usually thirty to eight miles offshore. Within that
huge area encompassing all the state's controlled waters out to International waters
and Including the offshore waters out to between fifty and one-hundred and fifty
miles (depending on where you draw a line on the chart) the oil has already covered
or sunken below the surface. Within that huge area, the size of a couple of states,
what do you think is happening to the fish and manuals that are inside the
continental shelf?

The water there ranges from thirty to approximately three hundred feet deep. What
happened to all the non pelagic and non-migratory species of fish? What happened
to the millions upon millions of red, black and white snapper, vermilion snapper,
flounder, trigger fish, spade fish, amberjack, many species of grouper and other
bottom species? They were existing within the area covered by oil from the
coastline's I just listed all the way to the continental shelf. These fish didn't just pack
their bags and leave the area. They didn't migrate for many miles.
They don't
migrate.

Even if all the pelagic and migratory species, such as cobia, tarpon, several species
of tuna, sailfish, marlin, wahoo, and many other species left the area or avoided
coming into the area, the oil spill has already created a disaster. It is my opinion,
which I think is just as good as anyone else's opinion including the marine biologist,
these pelagic and migratory fish won't avoid the oil. What God given sensors do
they have that will make them turn around an move to other areas of the Gulf that
they haven't gone into since the beginning? There isn't any previous occurrences
for us to learn from. An oil spill of this type, on the bottom of the sea in 5000 feet of
water, has never occurred in tropical or simi-tropical waters before.

Meantime, the EPA instructed BP to stop using the chemicals they were using on
the oil and to change to a less toxic chemical. They replied by saying something like
"thank you for your suggestion but we will continue to use what has proven to be
another killer".  Another reason I haven't written anything about the Gulf of Oil within
the last two days, it I really get sick when I do. I am sick at my stomach this very
minute.

Note:
I'll get back to the Sulphur Duns tomorrow.