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
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)
Gulf of Oil Update
One simple note: Lets hope and pray BP is able to plug the hole the oil is leaking
from. Efforts are underway right now.
The Sulphur duns rarely stay on the water very long. Their wings dry fast and they
depart the water very quickly. Remember, they hatch in calm to moderately flowing
water, not the fast water runs and riffles. They rarely get caught in the fast water. .
Often the water is smooth or slick where they emerge and you have to make a very
good presentation. The trout often get a good look at your fly.
These duns usually hatch from early afternoon to the middle of the afternoon but
the time depends on many factors. In tailwaters, this exact time of the hatch can
vary considerably. Also something different about the Sulphur as compared to many
other mayflies is the fact the hatch can last a rather long time, as long as two or
Also remember, these mayflies are not at all plentiful in the streams of Great Smoky
Mountains National Park. They are located in isolated sections of the streams where
the water flows moderately to slow. However, in the small isolated areas where they
do exist, they are very plentiful, so if you encounter a hatch, you certainly need to
Fish our the "Perfect Fly" Sulphur Dun in the slower moving, smooth water where
the Sulphurs hatch. An upstream presentation is usually best provided you can get
the fly to the trout without spooking the them.
You should approach individual fish that are rising using a down and across
presentation. Usually a light, long leader and tippet is required. We recommend
leaders from ten to twelve feet in length and of size 5X to 7X. A 6X is the best choice
most of the time.
Yellowstone National Park:
The general season for Yellowstone National Park opens this Saturday. The
weather and stream conditions are great at the current time for the Madison and
Firehole Rivers, but that will change very quickly. Of course most of the other
streams in the park are too cold for good fishing. The weather is warming with highs
in the high fifties and lows at or just above freezing. The snow will melt in the lower
elevations of the park, and the runoff on the Madison will begin very soon. There
may be a short interval of time to get in some good fishing prior to that.