05/29/10
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


Current Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions:
The streams in the park seemed to have received some rain water yesterday. At
5:30 this morning, the precip report from the Smokies hasn't been updated yet. It
shows zero and I know better than that.

We had some very strong thunderstorms come through the Pigeon Forge area.
Angie was caught in a hail storm in Sevierville yesterday afternoon. She called and
was scared that the hail was going to knock her windshield out. I tried to calm her
down but it didn't work. My advice was to buy some gas and get under a cover. She
replied all the stations were jammed full of vehicles doing just that.

Prior to that it appeared there were showers occurring in the mountains, or it least it
appeared to be raining around the Mt. LeConte area before the clouds blurred my
vision of the mountains. At home we received some rain but far more lightning and
thunder than water. I doubt the storms helped most streams out very much but
some may have risen depending on their location. I feel certain there were isolated
thunderstorms that dropped water in some of the streams yesterday. Hopefully, that
helped prevent some of the streams from etting any lower. Some are approaching
becoming a little too low.  Personally I enjoy fishing the low water more than the high
water although it is usually a little more difficult to fool the trout. It makes getting
around a lot easier.

If you continue to fish low water the same way you fish the high or normal water
levels, you will most likely experience a decline in your success. If you change to
lighter leaders and tippets, make more careful approaches and slower movements,
then you should continue to catch plenty of trout.



New Saltwater Bunker (Menhaden) Flies:
For the past year I have had various anglers and guides/captains working on some
new saltwater fly patterns to imitate specific foods and for specific purposes. We've
come up with nine new ones, two of which I personally designed to imitate shrimp.

One of the first flies we developed last year was our "Perfect Fly" Dark Bunker. Yes,
there's  also a "Perfect Fly" Light Bunker. Over the years I have noticed that  
menhaden vary in color from the Northeast, where they are a very plentiful and
popular baitfish, to the Southern Atlantic, where they are also plentiful along the
coast. I think it's more to do with the color of the water they are found in than
anything. It seems the clearer the water, the darker the Menhaden and vice versa.
That is normal for all species of fish because the amount of light penetration effects
the color of many fish species. For example, you have probably noticed that a
largemouth bass that comes from a dingy, or stained river will be much lighter in
color than a largemouth from a very clear lake.

We originally came up with our 'Perfect Fly' Bunker pattern that according to many,
works great, but others would say it is too light or that the menhaden in the waters
they fished were different in color. This input is what led me to try to match the
menhaden baitfish in various areas more closely. We also noticed the smaller the
menhaden, the lighter the color seemed to be.
Check them out.
New Perfect Fly "Dark Bunker', 3/0
hook
Original Perfect Fly "Bunker", 3/0 hook
New Perfect Fly "Light Bunker', 1/0
hook
By the way, some anglers along the
Florida to North Carolina coastline may
call these baitfish "Poggies".