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)
Smoky Mountain Stream Conditions
The mountains got some rain this week and the streams remain in good shape
although some of them will probably still end up a little on the low side after the
temporary spike in height is over. Yesterday, it appears most of the park received
anywhere from about a half inch to an inch or so of rain. The conditions were very
good prior to that and should be even better for the weekend.
The weather forecast calls for a hot weekend with temperatures near ninety.
There's around a forty percent chance of thunderstorms each day which will
hopefully help to keep the water levels up. You couldn't ask for better stream
conditions. The water in the lower elevations may get a little on the warm side but
the mid to higher elevations should be excellent.
Slate Drake - Spinner
The Slate Drake spinners do create a desirable situation for the trout to get an easy
meal. Rarely would you ever see the water covered with them but that isn't
necessary. Once a few spinners of that size fall on the water, the trout will take
Slate Drake spinners are commonly called "White Gloved Howdys" because they
look like they are wearing white gloves on their front legs. The spinners usually
come back to the stream within two days of the time the hatch occurs. Mating takes
place on shore. The female deposits her eggs by flying just over the surface. They
will dip slightly into the water to knock the eggs off. This activity usually occurs very
late in the day or after dark. Unless there is a huge hatch, there's usually not a
large numbers of spinners on the water at any one time.
If you see females laying eggs on the surface of the water, you have the ideal
situation. You want to place your Perfect Fly spinner imitation in the same type of
area. You may possible find a trout feeding on the spinners and be able to cast to
the individual fish. That is not often the case and most of the time you will be fishing
blind. The females deposit their eggs in the same type of water they emerged from.
This is usually calmer areas of water in fast moving, pocket water streams. Usually a
down and across presentation works best. You do want to keep a drag free drift
when imitating the spinners. The exact type of presentation greatly depends on the
particular type of water you are fishing.