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. Slate Drakes
11. Giant Stoneflies
12. Light Cahills
13. Little Green Stoneflies
14. Golden Stoneflies
21. Sculpin, baitfish and small crayfish (Imitate with streamers)
There are some changes I have made in the above list of insects and other foods
the trout may be eating. It's time for some of the terrestrials to become important. I
am going ahead a listed a couple of them a week or two earlier than I normally
would because of the unusually warm weather we are having and will continue to
have according to the long range weather forecast.
In a couple of weeks, some of the mayflies will come off the list and from that point
on the number of items of food will decrease over the next month. By the middle of
July, it will be a slim list. That's all normal. Right now there are a lot of different kinds
of insects for the trout to choose from. That adds to the challenge of fishing or as
most anglers would put it, makes it tougher to determine what fly to use.
Ants are very plentiful in my yard. There are huge numbers of them and they have
become large enough for the trout to begin to eat should they accidentally get into
the water. I see hundreds just walking to the mailbox all of which are about a quarter
of an inch long at the time.
Beetles are taking over our front porch. The little colorful beetles (not sure of the
species) appear this time of year in the trees around our house in huge numbers
and somehow manage to get inside the window on the sill and die. Some fall down
to the carpet. Yesterday, there must have been hundreds that Angie had to vacuum
How they get in the windows is beyond me. The house is only just a little over two
years old and has expensive insulated windows. Of course the windows have to
open - slide up and down and open outward as well for cleaning. That takes some
space I guess. It looks impossible for one to get inside but they do and when they
do, they die. They are very small but beautiful little creatures with colored dots on
their backs. This probably has nothing to do with fishing or maybe it does. If these
same species are in the park, and I feel sure they are because we live close to it,
then the trout will have plenty of them to eat. However, I have never noticed these
same beetles around the stream but maybe they are in the trees and of course,
they don't have any homes to enter. Beetles are the most plentiful insect on earth.
I received two very large "Perfect Fly" orders this morning for terrestrial insects only.
Those two guys are getting ready. We have the most realistic ants, inch worm and
beetles imitations you can buy and both guys purchased a huge number of them.
Not to change the subject, but just to note that May of this year was by far our
largest month of "Perfect Fly" sales. We have been in business less than two years
and last month was huge for us. Most were anglers from the Northeast and New
England but close in numbers were California anglers. Strangely as it may seem,
most of our order for the Smokies come from Florida, Louisiana, Alabama,
Mississippi, South Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky and Texas although we have them from
Tennessee North Carolina and the other states also. I cannot get over the number
of anglers visiting or planning on visiting the Smokies. Our DVD sales were also
very high and have been that way since the first of the year. We usually sell several
Fly Fishing the Smoky Mountain DVDs a week.
During the next few days I will be writing about fishing terrestrials in the park as well
as the Slate Drakes which will start to show up. First I need to tell you what i know
about the Golden and Green Stoneflies that are beginning to hatch on the streams.
Fishing conditions continue to be excellent in all respects. I'll start tomorrow.
New Saltwater Flats Fly:
We have developed some new flats flies during the past year. Our new "Perfect Fly"
Brown Baby Crab was developed because some anglers mentioned they liked to
fish crab flies that had more action that our existing Brown Crab. The existing one
has some action to it. It's claws move some but not as much as some anglers want
them to move.
If you will closely examine any real small crab in the water, you will see it moves its
claws very little. It moves its entire body a lot, backing up from what it thinks is its
enemies. They back up from fish about to eat them as fast as they can but their
claws remain set in one position ready to strike. However, we accepted what some
anglers suggested and came up with a fly pattern to suit them better. We call this
our Brown Baby Crab.
This is a picture of it taken in my hand to give you a better idea of what it looks like.
The rubber legs move at the slightest movement of the fly line or current. So will the
feathers. The bar bells lead eyes will keep it on the bottom where it belongs.
Above is our existing more realistic
"Perfect Fly" Brown Crab which I
prefer. The hair imitating the gills
moves in the water and so does the
claws and antenna to some extent.
The new "Perfect Fly" Baby Brown
Crab is shown on your left. Both can
be seen at our Flats Fly section.